Sheriff's Office conducts search for lost hunter near Hideaway Lake; tips sought

News Release from: Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office

Posted: Tuesday, October 31, 2017, 5:23 a.m.


UPDATE (November 1, 2017, 3:52 p.m.) -- SUBJECT FOUND ALIVE

Mr. Benim was located by USFS personnel west of the search area.

Mr. Benim is reportedly in "okay" condition. At this writing (November 1, 2017, 3:52 p.m.) he is being led to his family and friends.

EARLIER (Tuesday, October 31, 2017, 5:23 a.m.) -- Sheriff's Office conducts search for a lost hunter near Hideaway Lake 


Photo: Nicholas David Benim, 34, of Molalla

Nicholas David Benim, 34, of MolallaPlease reference CCSO Case # 17-28701

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office is conducting a search for Nicholas David Benim, 34, of Molalla, in the area of Hideaway Lake near Estacada, OR.

At approximately 9 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 30, 2017 , the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office responded to a call of a lost hunter. Search and Rescue Coordinators with the Sheriff's Office responded and began the search effort.

Benim was last seen on Sunday, October 29 around 5 p.m. when he left his group. He was expected to return a few hours later.

Benim was wearing a bright-orange jacket and tan Carhartt-style pants when he left. He also had a backpack in his possession.

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office is coordinating efforts from Pacific Northwest Search and Rescue, the U.S. Forest Service, Mountain Wave Emergency Communications and Mountain Wave K9.

A photo of Benim is linked above.


The Sheriff's Office is seeking additional information in this case. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Sheriff's Office Tip Line -- by phone at 503-723-4949 or by using the online email form. Please reference CCSO Case # 28701. 


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Contact Info:
Sergeant Marcus Mendoza
Office of Public Information
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office