Missing 87-year-old berry picker found safe after days of search - KPTV - FOX 12

Missing 87-year-old berry picker found safe after days of searching

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Wasco Fujiwara was found safe after being reported missing three days earlier. (Photo: Skamania County Sheriff's Office) Wasco Fujiwara was found safe after being reported missing three days earlier. (Photo: Skamania County Sheriff's Office)
Photo: Rescue crews bringing Wasco Fujiwara in on horseback after she was found near Mount Adams. (Photo: Skamania Co. Sheriff's Office) Photo: Rescue crews bringing Wasco Fujiwara in on horseback after she was found near Mount Adams. (Photo: Skamania Co. Sheriff's Office)
SKAMANIA COUNTY, WA (KPTV) -

The search for a missing 87-year-old woman last seen Thursday picking berries in Skamania County has a happy ending.

Wasco Fujiwara was found safe Sunday.

The woman from The Dalles was reported missing by her daughter Thursday afternoon. They had been picking huckleberries in the Sawtooth Berry Fields when Fujiwara was last seen by her daughter at 1:30 p.m. near the Forest Road 24 summit at Surprise Lakes.

Sheriff's deputies and volunteer searchers combed the area Thursday but weren't able to find Fujiwara. Search teams were joined by an aircraft from the Hood River County Sheriff's Office, as well as dog teams.

The search continued into the weekend, including the use of a helicopter from King County equipped with FLIR technology, but Fujiwara was not found.

That changed on Sunday.  

A fixed wing aircraft assisting in the search spotted her sitting on a log and waving at the plane about two miles southeast of her last known location.

Search teams on horseback then responded and found her. The Skamania County Sheriff's Office reports Fujiwara was in good condition.

Volunteer searchers from across the region participated in the search effort. There were over 60 ground searchers on site, as well as quads and dog teams.

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