Photo: Ian Unger
Please refer to Clackamas County Sheriff's Case #13-24261
The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office coordinated successful search efforts to locate a missing teen near Ramona Falls in the Mount Hood National Forest.
Volunteers from Mountain Wave Emergency Communications, Pacific Northwest Search and Rescue and American Medical Response's Reach and Treat (RAT) Team responded to join the search effort.
Deputies received a call from missing teen hiker Ian Unger's father late last night (Friday, Aug. 9, 2013) indicating that Ian went missing during a family hike. The family was on a four-day hike from Timberline Lodge to Cascade Locks on the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT).
While the group was on a break at about 10:30 a.m. Friday morning (Aug. 9), Ian reportedly went out in front of the group to hike to Ramona Falls. Ian was about 1.5 miles from Ramona Falls when he left the group. When the group arrived at Ramona Falls, they were unable to locate Ian. After searching the area on their own, they called the Sheriff's Office and a SAR operation was activated.
Ian Unger is a 19-year-old white male, 5' 8" tall and 140 lbs. He has short brown hair and blue eyes and had last been seen wearing shorts, a gray t-shirt and a brown North Face backpack. He was not familiar with the area, and had never hiked this route before. He has some experience hiking and was a former Boy Scout. He had extra clothing, food and water with him. He did not have a map of the area or GPS with him.
Ian Unger was located uninjured.
Searchers later learned what had happened: After thinking he was behind his group, Ian Unger kept going on the PCT towards his destination, Cascade Locks. Ian Unger was contacted by other hikers on the trail in the morning who had been shown a picture of him by searchers in the area. Once he realized people were looking for him, he turned around and headed back towards Ramona Falls. He was contacted again by another group of hikers who had been given his name and photo by searchers and they assisted him in contacting SAR personnel.
Ian Unger was then reunited with his family.
Nate Thompson, Deputy
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Clackamas County Sheriff's Office