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The Right Way - Tell a Friend and Stay Put if Lost

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Buffalo, NY
Post #: 172
Missing Silverton hiker found in the woods south of Molalla

MOLALLA -- Search-and-rescue crews found a missing Silverton hiker early Wednesday at a cabin south of Molalla, uninjured and in good shape.

Sgt. Robert Wurpes, Clackamas County Sheriff's Office spokesman, said volunteer searchers found 27-year-old Joann Cabigas Tyler safe inside Annie's Cabin, a small shelter off the Hardy Creek Trail, around 7 a.m.

Wurpes said Tyler told a friend that she was making a day hike Tuesday off the Molalla Forest Road at the Hardy Creek Trail. When Tyler remained out of touch, the friend called police around midnight. In response, the sheriff's Search and Rescue Team was activated, calling out Pacific Northwest Search and Rescue volunteers. A ground search was launched around 4 a.m.

Wurpes said Tyler had a trail map and supplies for one day. At one point, she said she was frightened by an animal, then lost her map as light was beginning to fade. Dark and lost, she decided spend the night in Annie's Cabin.

"Have a plan," Tyler said. "I let my friends know what area I was hiking in and when I planned to return....When faced with the decision to keep going or stay put, I chose to stay put -- making it easier for searchers to find me."

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