A 74-year-old Vancouver woman who vanished while mushroom picking in Skamania County was located Tuesday afternoon and rescue operations were underway, according to the Skamania County Sheriff’s Office.
Jung C. VanAtta disappeared around 10 a.m. Saturday near 572 Beacon Highlands Road, about 15 miles northwest of Stevenson, according to a Monday press release from the Skamania County Sheriff’s Office.
According to a Tuesday afternoon press release, she appeared weak but uninjured. The release said she was located in the Woodard Creek drainage area around 3:30 p.m.
Members of the 304th Pararescue unit out of the Portland, Oregon Airbase and members of the Volcano Rescue Team found VanAtta.
Other details about the rescue were not immediately available.
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She had been picking mushrooms with Donald E. Bergseng, 87, of Vancouver on Saturday and had reportedly decided to go pick more mushrooms with plans to return within the hour.
When she did not return, friends and family searched for VanAtta, who had never picked in the area and was unfamiliar with the property, and alerted authorities Saturday afternoon.
Search and rescue personnel combed the area with several ground teams, dog teams, three aerial drones, and a contracted helicopter from JL Aviation, according to the sheriff’s office. A reverse 911 alert was also initiated to alert home owners in the area.
This story will be updated as more details become available.