A 75-year-old Redmond woman who didn’t return from a walk in the woods with her dogs Tuesday night was found safe and sound Wednesday morning, according to the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office.
Search and Rescue Coordinator Lt. Bryan Husband said just before 6 p.m. Tuesday, 911 dispatch received a call from a woman saying her friend, Marion Price, had not returned from a hike she went on earlier in the day. Price, who lives in the Eagle Crest subdivision near Redmond set out on a hike in a large open area west of her home around 3:15 p.m.
Price had her Beagle mix dog with her as well as a friend’s Border Collie mix dog. Price was described as a healthy 75-year-old, but she had left her cell phone at home and was not believed to have a light source with her. It was unknown if she was dressed for the lower temperatures expected overnight, Husband said.
Five Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the area and began searching for Price. Fifteen DCSO Search and Rescue Volunteers also responded to assist with the search. The DCSO SAR Volunteers included ground searchers, UAS operators with FLIR capability as well as one SAR K9 team.
Husband said Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office SAR Volunteers continued searching for Price until about 1:00 a.m. Wednesday. DCSO deputies remained in the area throughout the night. About 6:00 a.m., DCSO SAR resumed planning and search efforts for Price.
Seven Deputies and 18 DCSO SAR Volunteers responded to assist. Around 7:48 a.m. deputies received a report that a gentleman walking his dog in the area came across Price and her dogs, and helped her back to the search staging area near Eagle Crest. Price was in good health and declined medical attention, Husband said.
“She was able to huddle up with her dogs at the base of a tree and stay warm enough through the night and get a little bit of sleep,” Husband said. “This morning, early, she was able to wake up, continue walking. She ended up walking close to Barr Road and saw a jogger in the area and hailed the jogger down.”
Price told searchers she got turned around when the dogs led her off trail. She kept walking, trying to find her way back, until she got too tired.
The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind those recreating in the backcountry or rural areas such as this, to always be prepared for unexpected events that may cause extended return times. At a minimum, have a communication device, such as a cell phone, or whistle. Extra clothing, food and water are among other key items listed in the “10 Essentials.”