Hunter Missing Near Hideaway Lake Found

UPDATE: The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office says Nicholas Benim has been found and that he's in "OK" condition. Wednesday afternoon he was being led to family and friends.

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office is conducting a search for 34-year-old Nicholas Benim, of Molalla, in the area of Hideaway Lake.

The lake is located southeast of Estacada between the Ripplebrook Ranger Station and Timothy Lake.

On Monday morning, the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office responded to a call of a lost hunter. Search and Rescue Coordinators with the Sheriff's Office responded and began the search effort.

Benim was last seen Sunday around 5:00 pm when he left his group. He was expected to return a few hours later.

Benim was wearing a bright orange jacket and tan Carhartt style pants when he left. He also had a backpack in his possession.

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office is coordinating efforts from Pacific Northwest Search and Rescue, US Forest Service, Mountain Wave Communications and Mountain Wave Canine.


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