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UPDATED: Search and Rescue Teams Locate Missing Mushroom Picker Near Randle

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Posted: Thursday, November 8, 2012 8:20 am | Updated: 9:00 am, Fri Nov 9, 2012.

Search and rescue teams located a 50-year-old mushroom picker at about 9:30 a.m. Thursday morning after he was reported missing Wednesday night.

The Packwood man was cold and wet but did not need medical treatment, according to a press release from the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The man told searchers that he started a small fire to stay warm overnight.

The man was picking mushrooms with a friend on Lone Tree Mountain off Forest Service Road 55 in Randle in the early afternoon Wednesday, according to the release. When the friend returned to the vehicle a few hours later, he honked the horn and shouted for his friend. The sheriff’s office was called at about 7:45 p.m. Wednesday to assist in finding the man.

He was located about five miles northwest of where he was last seen Wednesday, according to the release.

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