VANCOUVER, Wash. — A man who had been missing in the wilderness around Mount St. Helens for nearly a week was been found alive Wednesday, rescue officials said.
Rescue crews had been searching for 40-year-old Matthew B. Matheny, a registered nurse from Warren, Ohio since Saturday morning. They say he was last seen about 7 a.m. Thursday, driving his friend’s gray Subaru Outback.
According to officials, he was found alive Wednesday in a gully on the flanks of the mountain.
He was flown to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center in Vancouver.
Matheny was conscious and talking with rescue teams when he was found, but he was dehydrated and could no longer walk on his own.
Based on Matheny’s cellphone records, he traveled several miles up toward Mount St. Helens along the Blue Lake Trail.
Deputies said they found his friend’s Subaru at the Blue Lake Trailhead on Saturday.