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Deputies locate missing hunter in woods near Vernonia


Beaverton resident uninjured after he became disoriented on Saturday evening

Columbia County Sheriff's Office deputies searching for a Beaverton hunter who lost his way in the woods off of the Columbia Mainline in Vernonia area early Sunday morning found the man about six hours after after a search began on Saturday night.

The family of Kirt Stone told deputies on Saturday at 9 p.m. that the 55-year-old Beaverton man was expected home about one hour after dark. With the help of Columbia 911 dispatchers, two deputies, family members and the Vernonia Police Department searched in the vicinity of the Columbia Mainline until a deputy located Stone just after 3 a.m.

Stone did not have a working flashlight and apparently became disoriented in the dark. He was dressed warmly and did not suffer any injuries. The sheriff's office had 18 Search and Rescue volunteers and a National Guard helicopter preparing to join the search when Stone was found.