RHODODENDRON, Ore. (KOIN) — A 71-year-old couple missing for about 24 hours near Mount Hood were found safe and OK around 3 p.m. Wednesday.
Anna Jung and Suki Jung, who own Suki’s Bar & Grill in Southwest Portland, were found by search-and-rescue crews around 1:20 p.m., the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office said.
Crews found some items that belonged to the couple as they searched the areas around Paradise Trail near Kiwanis Road. They also found shoe prints in the mud and found the Jungs about 6/10ths of a mile from the road in very dense forest.
Because of the rough terrain it took the rescuers about 2 hours to bring them out to safety.
They went missing Tuesday afternoon near Zigzag after becoming separated from their group of 6 hikers. Four of the hikers got back to their cars around 2:30 p.m. when they noticed the Jungs were not with them.
Their friends searched for the Jungs for 3 hours before calling for help at 5:30 p.m, KOIN 6 News learned. Search crews looked for the couple until 3 a.m. and then resumed later Wednesday morning.
Air support was brought in later Wednesday to help in the search.
The rescuers were working with a sense of urgency as cold, wet weather is moving into the area.
Crews from Pacific Northwest Search and Rescue, North Oregon Regional Search and Rescue, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office Explorer Post 877, Mountain Wave and Portland Mountain Rescue were all involved in the search of the area described as “steep terrain, dense forest.”
KOIN 6 News reporter Elise Haas contributed to this report.