Missing Columbia River Gorge hiker found alive


Search and rescue crews have found a 71-year-old hiker reported missing in the Columbia River Gorge alive.

The hiker, identified as Joseph Dean, had been expected to return on Saturday.

He was found Monday morning.  KGW reports that Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office deputies and Search and Rescue teams had been looking near the Horsetail Falls trail system.

Dean was evaluated by paramedics and reunited with his family.  He was taken to a local hospital for further evaluation.

Officials said he sent his wife a text message Saturday saying that he was lost somewhere on the Rock of the Ages Trail.


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