Date/Time of Release: 01/12/2012 - 12:00
Contact Person: Andrea Zielinski
Contact Number: 541-440-4486
Subject: Missing Person - Found
Date/Time of Incident: 01/11/2012 - 22:30
Incident Location: BLM road #26-7-11, Melqua area
Case Number: 12-159
Missing/Found: Rankin,David E./WMA/DOB.102667/Sutherlin
On Wednesday, January 11, at 2230 hours, dispatch received information about an overdue mushroom picker in the Melrose area near Green Butte.
Friends of Rankin said he had last seen at about 1230 hours. Rankin along with some other people, had gone mushroom picking along BLM Road 26-7-11. Rankin did not report back to their vehicle, so his friends began searching for him.
On Thursday, January 12, at 0600 hours, deputies and the Douglas County Search and Rescue team began a ground search of the area. At 1130 hours, Douglas County Search and Rescue found Rankin safe and in good condition.
Sheriff's deputies, Search and Rescue ground, 4 x 4 units and BLM law enforcement officers were activated to assist with the search.