Family missing on Mount Hood found safe
UPDATE • Aircraft takes Stewart Schmidt and his children to be reunited with family
Clackamas County search teams have rescued a Lake Oswego family missing after taking a day trip to Mount Hood in search of snow.
At 1:55 p.m. Tuesday, a plane from the Hood River County Sheriff's Office spotted Stewart Schmidt, 33, his 6-year-old daughter Aidan Schmidt and his 15-year-old son Gabe McCoy, walking near Timothy Lake. An Army National Guard helicopter was then sent to confirm the trio's condition and location.
All were reported to be in good condition and were set to be reunited with their family Tuesday afternoon.
Schmidt, a 1996 graduate of West Linn High School, had left Lake Oswego with his children at about 11 a.m. Monday. They were supposed to return at about 4 p.m., according to Schmidt's ex-wife and the mother of the two children.
Rhiannon Schmidt reported the family missing after they didn't return before dark as expected.
She told authorities their last known destination was Indian Henry Campground outside of Estacada.
It's unclear whether Stewart Schmidt was prepared to be away overnight but the family was equipped for cold, outdoor weather, Lake Oswego Police Capt. Dale Jorgensen said.
'They definitely have gear because their whole idea was to go up there and play in the snow,' Jorgensen said. 'We don't have any evidence this is anything beyond them being lost.'
Earlier Tuesday, Clackamas County search and rescue teams had resumed looking for the family. The county sheriff's office said that on Monday a team scoured more than 200 miles of roads in the Mount Hood National Forest looking for the family.
Volunteers from Mountain Wave Communications also worked with the search and rescue team using 10 four-wheel-drive vehicles that spent nearly eight hours driving mountain roads through the evening and into the early morning hours.