Polk Co. Sheriff's Office
Polk County Search and Rescue Locate Missing Man in SW Polk County - 10/22/14
Polk County Search and Rescue members located a missing man at approximately noon today after the man spent the night in the coast range mountains about 15 miles NW of Corvallis. The man was checked by medics after he was located for early signs of hypothermia and then released to family members.
The incident began Tuesday afternoon after Wayne Rodgers 74 and Ken Atterbery 43, both of Corvallis got their vehicle stuck on a remote road near Cougar Ridge in SW Polk County while looking for mushrooms. Ken Atterbery walked out to a area to call for help at around 2:30 pm Tuesday and was later picked up by a unidentified person who gave him a ride to Corvallis late Tuesday evening. Mr. Atterbery did not advise Polk County personnel he had gotten a ride home until Polk County Sheriff's Office personnel made phone contact with him late this morning.
Polk County Search and Rescue began looking for Wayne Rodgers around 5:00 pm Tuesday evening after getting broken phone calls from his cell phone. Mr. Rodgers stayed with his vehicle while Polk County Search and Rescue personnel worked throughout the night driving various roads in the area. At daybreak additional search and rescue personnel assisted looking for Mr. Rodgers who was located by searchers as he was walking along a remote roadway around noon today. Mr Rodgers vehicle was not removed from the roadway at this time.
Searchers called for a medic unit to respond to check Mr. Rodgers for early indications of hypothermia as they treated him at the scene until the arrival of medics. Sergeant Rick Bittick, search commander stated, "It's a good thing we found him when we did due to the weather and his age"