Cave Junction, OR ― On January 11th, 2013 at approximately 11:11 pm, The Josephine County Jail was notified, by OSP, of a lost couple at the Page Mountain Snow Park. The couple had gone snow shoeing with their two basset hounds and were last seen around 1:30 pm that afternoon.
The Jail contacted Dep. Cory Krauss, Search and Rescue Coordinator, regarding the lost couple and Sheriff Gilbertson authorized the immediate response of the Search and Rescue Snow Team.
Sheriff Gilbertson, Dep. Krauss and Search and Rescue responded to the area and initiated a search of the trail system at the snow park. The temperature at the time of the search was 20 degrees.
6 members of the snow team and a Forest Service employee deployed with the search and rescue snow-cat and tracked atv’s. After approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes of searching the couple and their basset hounds were located. They were cold and damp, but declined medical assistance. They were transported to the parking lot of the snow park by the snow cat and were assisted to their residence by friends.
The couple had only intended be out for a couple of hours and only taken water and a couple of lighters with them. While snow shoeing, they missed a marker and went down an unmarked Forest Service road. They traveled approximately 6 miles on Forest Service roads in both Oregon and California before the snow team found them.
Due to the remoteness of this area, a radio link was established by two members of Josephine County Emergency Communications between the searchers and the search and rescue campus in Merlin to coordinate any other emergency services if they had been needed.