Lost Hiker Located

Date: 4/18/2015

Lost Hiker Located

Lost Hiker Located
Pole Creek Trail/Soda Creek
By: Assist SAR Coordinator Deputy Whitcomb



Lost Hiker: Dyer, Broek
18 year old male
Woodburn, Oregon

Fellow Hikers: Cagle, Jordan
18 year old male
Salem, OR

Conner, Caleb
18 year old male
Salem, OR

On 04/18/2015, at about 1659 hours, Deschutes County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue was dispatched to a report of a hiker, Dyer, who had called to advise he had been wondering for 4 hours after having lost the trail. Dyer had spent the night camping with 2 companions, Cagle and Conner, and on their way back had become separated. Dyer had been making contact with his companions via text messages, but they had not been able to locate him.

Dyer’s GPS coordinates were obtained from the 911 phone call showing that Dyer was about 2 miles south of the trail head, then about 500 meters to the east on the opposite south side of Soda Creek. Phone contact was made with Dyer to advise him to remain at his location until Search and Rescue arrived at his location. It was learned that Dyer’s cell phone battery was nearly dead at the time he called 911.

Dyer’s companions were able to hike out to the Pole Creek Trail head without incident where they were advised to wait for Search and Rescue so further details could be obtained.

10 Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue members responded to the Pole Creek Trail head where teams were deployed on the trail at about 2030 hours.

Dyer was located at about 2150 hours where he was waiting by his tent with a fire and his dog.
Dyer was escorted by SAR personnel back to the Pole Creek Trail head where they arrived at about 2310 hours.

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind those who recreate in the back country to carry the 10 Essentials. In particular on this incident the importance of a map of the area, a GPS and a way to recharge a cell phone would have proven to be very beneficial.

A detailed list of the 10 essential can be located at www.deschutessearchandrescue.org

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