PACKWOOD, Wash. — Search and rescue teams are currently looking for a 68-year-old Auburn man who went to the Packwood area Saturday to pick mushrooms, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office
The man did not return as scheduled, and his family contacted law enforcement on Sunday and said that he could be anywhere between Interstate 90 and Packwood, according to the Sheriff’s Office. He did not tell anyone his destination.
Late Tuesday afternoon, the man’s vehicle was located on Forest Service Road 4715, approximately five miles northwest of Packwood, according to the Sheriff’s Office. Search and rescue teams from Lewis, King, Mason, Grays Harbor and Pacific counties searched the area for six hours Tuesday evening and resumed their search about 6 a.m. Wednesday.
The man is an experienced mushroom picker but was not equipped to be outside for more than a few hours and was wearing street clothes and only brought a small amount of food with him, according to the sheriff’s office.
The weather during the weekend included heavy rain and high winds, and Monday and Tuesday had light rain. The temperatures have been in the 40s during the past few nights.