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Oregon Guard Launches From Salem to Search for Missing Female Hiker

A female hiker in the Roseburg area has been missing for over 48-hours.

OH-58 Kiowa helicopter
OH-58 Kiowa helicopter

(SALEM) - The 1042nd Medical Air Ambulance Company - Army National Guard dispatched an OH-58 helicopter at approximately 2:00 PM Thursday afternoon.

A Guard spokesman says the crew is on a search and rescue mission, six miles east of Roseburg, for a missing 25-year-old female hiker.

Sources report that she has been missing for 48 hours now, and her condition is unknown. The 1042nd Medical Air Ambulance Company is a Salem-based unit that has assisted civil authorities throughout the Northwest in various missions and capacities.

The Oregon Guard unit out of Salem operates Blackhawk helicopters as well as the OH-58 Kiowa helicopters which pilots consider an excellent search platform, though the OH-58's are considerably smaller.


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