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Missing Portland hiker found near Angel's Rest

by: COURTESY OF MCSO - Pamela Benjamin-Monheimer was helped off a trail near Angel's Rest Wednesday evening after she was separated from her hiking partner.Multnomah County search and rescue teams escorted a 56-year-old Portland woman off a Columbia River Gorge trail Wednesday evening, hours after she became separated from her hiking partner and used her cell phone to call 911 for help.

Search and rescue teams from the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office reported that they found Pamela Benjamin-Monheimer on a trail near Angel’s Rest at about 7:45 p.m. Jan. 29. She was cold but uninjured when she returned to the trail head at about 10:45 p.m. Searchers led Benjamin-Monheimer down the trail.

The search for Benjamin-Monheimer began at about 1:40 p.m., after she called emergency dispatchers for help after she became lost. Search and rescue teams began looking for her at about 5:30 p.m.

Benjamin-Monheimer said she and her hiking partner and his dog set out at about 11:45 a.m. and soon become separated on the trails near Angel’s Rest. She took what she thought was a short cut to another trail, but was unable to find her way back to the original trail. Realizing she was lost, Benjamin-Monheimer called 911 for help. Searchers were able to use her cell phone coordinates to find her on the trail.

During their search, deputies came across the missing hiker's partner and dog on the trail and he provided information on the last location he saw Benjamin-Monheimer before they separated.

Benjamin-Monheimer had a rain jacket and pants with her, in addition to a small supply of food and water she was carrying. She was not prepared for an overnight stay on the trails.