YEON STATE PARK, Ore. –Near Cascade Locks in Oregon search teams this morning continued looking for missing hiker Ron Fridell, 60 who checked in by cell phone later in the morning.Family members talked to Ron Fridell today. He spent the night in Yeon State Park but reportedly had supplies and equipment with him. Fridell said he'd be walking out of the woods on his own. This apparently ends the search effort.
Fridell said he thinks he know how to exit the park but some search crews may ontinue to look for him anyway. He has a GPSAlldevice so searchers will be able to get a fix on his position once he relays the coordinates by phone.
An Oregon Army National Guard helicopter participated in the search.
The Multnomah County Sheriff’s Department received a call from the Fridell's family at about 11:30 p.m. yesterday after Fridell called his wife to say he was going to be late getting back from his hike but then never showed up.
Family members said they received two calls, the first saying he was hiking in Yeon State Park. In the second call, he said he was on a treacherous trial and was going to try and hike back.
The last call was at 3:30 p.m. yesteray. Crews began to set up base camp at Yeon State Park at about 2 a.m.
Family members said Fridell was an experienced hiker and familiar with the area. They also said he had some supplies and a GPS device.