October 22, 2012

Lost woman with hypothermia found near Pamelia Lake

October 22, 2012 - A 61-year-old Salem woman, Lynette Gail Cubic, who got lost in the Mt. Jefferson Wilderness on Sunday, was found alive but incoherent and suffering from advanced hypothermia Monday morning, according to KVAL News.

She was reported missing by her companion, Lee Hettema, 64, also from Salem, while picking mushrooms Sunday in the area around the Pamelia Lake trailhead, the Linn County Sheriff's Office said.

Cubic and Hettema got separated in the afternoon, but Hettema was able to get back to his vehicle and report Cubic missing. Deputies and members of the Linn County Sheriff's Search and Rescue Post reached the area around 9 p.m.

At approximately 12:30 a.m. Monday, searches discovered cut mushroom stems and boot prints near the Pamelia Lake trail. They eventually followed creek side tracks they believed to have been left by Cubic, the report stated.
Early Monday morning, searchers discovered what appeared to be a campsite along Pamelia Creek, then found articles of Cubic's clothing. Linn County Sheriff's Staff Sergeant Ken Stewart found Cubic as she was just coming out of the timber. She was dressed only in undergarments, incoherent and suffering from advanced hypothermia, according to the report.

Medics from Lyons and Gates Fire Departments responded and transported Cubic to Salem Hospital.