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Hiker missing for 5 days found alive in national forest

Posted at 7:27 PM, Oct 28, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-28 19:27:36-04

WELCHES, Oregon — A hiker from Portland who had been missing since Saturday was found alive Thursday in the Mount Hood National Forest.

Crews have been searching for 34-year-old Nathan Mitchell after he went for a day hike in the Welches area Saturday, but never returned home, KPTV reported.

A command center was established at the Wildwood Recreation Area, where his car was found.

A waterproof rain cover for Mitchell’s backpack was found Monday, about five miles from his car.

Friends said Mitchell is an avid hiker who recently started going for hikes in the region every Saturday.

The Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office and Mountain Wave Search & Rescue reported at around 11:30 a.m. Thursday that Mitchell was found in the Salmon-Huckleberry Wilderness in the Mount Hood National Forest and he was being helped out by rescue crews.

Deputies said he was found in a drainage area a substantial distance from the command post. Mitchell did not have any serious injuries.