Searchers in Western Oregon on Saturday morning found a 70-year-old huckleberry picker reported missing on Wednesday.
Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley said Saturday that it’s not clear how Jerry Walter Thomas survived because Thomas couldn’t fully remember what happened for several days.
Riley said Thomas’ path of travel is unknown, but the Prineville man hunkered down beneath trees at night to rest and was found hungry but in good health. He declined medical treatment.
Thomas’ friends reported him missing after he didn’t return to camp in the Parish Lake area after going huckleberry picking on Wednesday.
Multiple agencies took part in the search over the next several days and located Thomas near Daly Lake, about 3 miles from the Parish Lake trailhead.
Mistrial declared in murder case
ROSEBURG — A judge has declared another mistrial in a Southwest Oregon murder case.
Officials plan to meet Monday to set a date for a third trial for William Aguayo of Myrtle Creek, The News-Review reported.
A Douglas County Circuit Court judge on Thursday declared the mistrial due to inappropriate contact with a