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Hiker from Portland missing for days found alive in Mount Hood National Forest

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Nathan Mitchell, right, was found by search crews Thursday in the Mount Hood National Forest. (Photo submitted to FOX 12) Nathan Mitchell, right, was found by search crews Thursday in the Mount Hood National Forest. (Photo submitted to FOX 12)
Nathan Mitchell  (Photo: Mountain Wave Search & Rescue) Nathan Mitchell (Photo: Mountain Wave Search & Rescue)
WELCHES, OR (KPTV) -

A hiker from Portland who had been missing since Saturday was found alive Thursday in the Mount Hood National Forest.

Crews had been searching for 34-year-old Nathan Mitchell after he went for a day hike in the Welches area Saturday but never returned home.

Mitchell’s mom, Gay Mitchell called the rescue a “truly an amazing miracle” Thursday at the command center set up at the Wildwood Recreation Area where his car was found. Friends and family had gathered there to wait for his return back to the trailhead.

His family said people came out of the woodwork to help find Mitchell. Several of his friends who were out looking for him were the ones who heard his call for help.

They told FOX 12 they were in the area of the Bonanza Trail near Cheeney Creek yelling Mitchell’s name when they heard him yell back.

A search team who was nearby came to help the Portland man back out to the trailhead.

“It is overwhelming and it makes me feel so good about living in Oregon,” Gay Mitchell said.

Mitchell was evaluated by paramedics and taken to Legacy Mt. Hood Medical Center where he was listed in fair condition Thursday afternoon.

Prior to him being discovered Thursday, the last sign searchers had of Mitchell was Monday when they found a waterproof rain cover for his backpack about five miles from his car.

Friends of his told FOX 12 Mitchell is an avid hiker who recently started going for hikes in the region every Saturday.

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