DCSO SAR helps find lost Smith Rock hiker

Redmond man Became lost after dark

TERREBONNE, Ore. - Deschutes County Sheriff's Search and Rescue helped in the search for a Redmond man who was overdue from a hike at Smith Rock State Park Wednesday evening.

Around 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Janet Irick, 58, of Redmond, called Deschutes County 911 dispatchers to report her son, Jared Irick, 20, was overdue returning from his hike at Smith Rock, Lt. Bryan Husband, the sheriff's office search and rescue coordinator, said Wednesday.

The mother said her son had eft their Redmond home around 3:30 p.m. to hike at the park, Husband said. When he did not return home soon after dark, Janet drove to the park and found his car in the parking lot.

Irick tried to find her son without success, then called friends, family and dispatchers for help in finding him.

Jared Irick was reported to be wearing blue jeans and a dark gray T-shirt, with no other safety gear (a flashlight, cell phone, additional clothing, etc.), Husband said.

Two sheriff's deputies went ot the park and met with Janet Irick to gather more information while 18 DCSO SAR volunteers were assembled to assist with the search.

An AirLink helicopter crew also assisted with an aerial search as DCSO SAR volunteers on board used a hand-held FLIR infrared device (in an attempt to locate Jared via his body's heat signature).

Friends of the family also responded to the park and began searching. One of those friends heard what they believed to be a call for help coming from the northeast end of the park, Husband said.

Jared Irick was located in that general area on the Wolf Tree Trail, near the Burma Road Trail. Husband said he was wet and cold, but was able to hike out on his own with his friend and SAR volunteers. He was reunited with his mother and other friends in the nearby parking lot.

Jared Irick said he had hiked the Wolf Tree Trail to the Burma Road Trail and a short distance beyond. He had become lost after dark and at one point entered the Crooked River in an attempt to cross to the other side.

Husband said Irick "rightfully determined the river crossing was too dangerous and turned back," and eventually spotted the headlamps of searchers and called out for help.

"The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office would like to remind those recreating in our many outdoor locations, to always plan for the unexpected," Husband said in a news release. "Even short hikes can get extended for unforeseen reasons.

"A cell phone with battery charging device, small first aid kit, extra clothing, emergency shelter, extra food and water, flashlight, etc. can make a big difference when the unexpected happens to either you or someone you come in contact with."

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