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Lost father, son found safe near Lewis and Clark State Park

The two became disoriented while hiking trails near the park


A father and son who became lost late Monday afternoon while hiking near Lewis and Clark State Park in Troutdale were found safe a couple hours later by a search and rescue team.

Elmando Brussard, 29, of Gresham, and his 5-year-old son were hiking on trails when they got turned around in an area they were unfamiliar with, said Sgt. Steve Dangler of the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office River Patrol.

Brussard told authorities they tried to find their way out for two hours, but realized mother nature got the best of them.

He called for help at 4:53 p.m.

The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office Green Hornet Trail Team responded, and were able to track the lost hikers by pinging Brussard's cell phone and using GPS location to find them.

The Green Hornet Trail Team reached the father and his son at 6:30 p.m., authorities said.

Having packed light with no additional gear, they were tired, hungry and thirsty, but not hurt, Dangler said.

The Green Hornet Trail Team is an elite group of officers trained to respond quickly in search and rescue operations.

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