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Missing mushroom picker found safe

Boris Bondarchuk, 53, was found Thursday morning by a log truck driver, taken to Molalla Fire Station and found in good condition.


by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Bondarchuk, 53, found safe Thursday morningThe man who disappeared Monday while hunting mushrooms in the rugged hill country south of Molalla was found safe this morning on Molalla Forest Road by a log truck driver.

Boris Bondarchuk, 53, who was the subject of a broad search in the heavily wooded area about 16 miles from Molalla, was taken to Molalla Fire station around 11 a.m. where he was checked out by Molalla paramedics and reunited with his family.

Sgt. Robert Wurpes, Clackamas County Sheriff's Office spokesman, said Bondarchuk is “doing really well, considering the circumstances.”

Molalla Fire District spokesman Byron Wakefield said Bondarchuk, who is reported to have a heart condition, was found to be in good shape, other than being cold, wet and hungry.

“We got him a change of clothes, hot water, coffee and food,” Wakefield said. “He didn’t want to be transported to a hospital.”

As family members arrived at the station, Bondarchuk greeted them with hugs and laughter.

About 45 search and rescue members from Multnomah and Clackamas counties had still been looking for Bondarchuk along the Molalla River, off of South Family Camp Road, Thursday, when he was found.

Wakefield said a log truck driver spotted Bondarchuk along Molalla Forest Road, looking wet and cold.  He said he pulled over and the man spoke to him in Russian. The driver then took Bondarchuk to the Molalla Fire Station. Boris told family members at the station that he survived by finding shelter in the woods to keep himself dry and then followed the Molalla River until it came to a road.

Bondarchuk, described as an “experienced mushroom picker, set out to pick mushrooms Monday morning and somehow lost his way. The area where he was lost is a heavily wooded, steep mountain terrain, which made it difficult for search and rescue efforts. Bondarchuck’s daughter said he was familiar with the woods and has hiked that area often

Volunteers had resumed the ground search along South Family Camp Road this morning, aided by six horses, six all-terrain vehicles and an Oregon Army National Guard helicopter.



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