Sheriff's Office leads search to locate missing hiker near Molalla

News Release from: Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office

Posted: May 29, 2013, 11:10 a.m.

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Archive photo: Sheriff's Office SAR trains in wilderness search



Rescued hiker Joanne Tyler provided the following statement to the Sheriff's Office:

Thank you to the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, Pacific Northwest Search and Rescue and Mountain Wave Emergency Communications.

A couple of tips if you're in my situation:

HAVE A PLAN -- I let my friends know what area I was hiking in and when I planned to return.

STAY PUT -- When faced with the decision to keep going or stay put, I chose to stay put -- making it easier for searchers to find me.

EARLIER: May 29, 2013, 11:10 a.m.

A caller contacted the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office to report Joanne Tyler, age 27, of Silverton, was overdue from a hiking trip. Volunteer search-and-rescue (SAR) crews located Ms. Tyler in a small cabin off the Hardy Creek trail around 7 this morning (Wednesday, May 29).

On Tuesday May 28, Joanne Tyler, age 27, from Silverton embarked on a day-hike off the Molalla Forest Road in Molalla at the Hardy Creek Trail (Milepost 3). She advised a friend where she would be hiking, and that it was only a day trip.

The friend tried, unsuccessfully to reach Ms. Tyler. After not hearing from her, the friend contacted the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office that evening around midnight.

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Search and Rescue team responded. A SAR operation was initiated in conjunction with Pacific Northwest Search and Rescue volunteers. They began a ground search around 4 a.m.

Searchers located Ms. Tyler in a small shelter known as Annie's Cabin in the forested area. She was safe.

Ms. Tyler had planned on a day hike, and had supplies to last a day. She also had a trail map. At one point in the hike, she was reportedly frightened by an animal, and then lost her trail map as daylight was beginning to fade. As it was dark and she was lost, she decided to spend the night in the shelter.

This webpage has information about the trail area and photos of the shelter where rescuers found Ms. Tyler.


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Contact Info:

Robert Wurpes, Sergeant
Office of Public Information
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office

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