Search suspended for missing mushroom picker

Missing Persons

Richard Sugai has been missing since Oct. 19

An undated photo of Richard Sugai. (Courtesy)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Search efforts for missing mushroom picker Richard Sugai have officially been suspended.

The 78-year-old from Beaverton went missing while picking mushrooms with family in an area of Skamania they’ve been going to for decades.

Sugai’s family reported him missing on October 19 — it had gotten dark out and he still hadn’t returned. He was last seen walking into the woods at on the USFS 60 Road, about 10 miles north of Carson, Washington.

After extensive efforts to find Sugai, the official search was suspended on Sunday.

The family released the following statement:
While we never want to give up hope, with each passing day we believe we have been transitioning from a mission of rescue to one of recovery. We would like to take this opportunity to commend the exemplary work from the Silver Star Search and Rescue Teams, the Skamania County Sheriff’s Department, the US Forest Service, and any and all other individuals involved – all of their words of encouragement and kind thoughts have been of great comfort to our Family.
As the official search was suspended on Sunday, October 27th, if anyone might have or come across additional information we ask that they contact the Skamania County Sheriff’s Department.

Sugai is the third mushroom picker to go missing in a little over a month and the second to go missing in Skamania in under 2 weeks.

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