POWERS — A Myrtle Point man went missing Sunday while picking mushrooms in the Siskiyou National Forest just south of Powers. He was found after nearly two days in the woods.
Gene McLaughlin, 48, was separated from his picking group and couldn’t make his way back to his vehicle. After his comrades searched for him until 1 a.m., they reported him missing to the Coos County Sheriff’s Office the next morning.
The Sheriff’s Office, Coos County Search and Rescue and Coos County Mounted Posse all responded to the missing persons report Monday.
A Coast Guard helicopter also was used in trying to find McLaughlin before the search was suspended Monday due to weather and hazardous terrain.
On Tuesday morning, Search and Rescue’s dog team, the Mounted Posse team and foot patrols all searched for McLaughlin. They were joined by sheriff’s deputies and members of the U.S. Forest Service Rangers District.
Around 2:20 p.m. Tuesday, the search teams were able to locate a very cold and wet, but safe, McLaughlin in the Sucker Creek drainage area, nearly three miles from where he went missing .
McLaughlin said he became disoriented during his time lost and wandered the wrong way many times, thinking he was headed back to his group.