LEAVENWORTH — Chelan County sheriff’s deputies say a 78-year-old man missing from an Icicle Creek hike was found Friday, five days after departing home and four days since he was reported missing.
A group of hikers located the missing Peshastin resident about 4:30 p.m., after search and rescue officers and community volunteers had scouted the area since Monday without luck. The hiker had not returned home Aug. 15 when expected, after departing on a solo hike to fish the area of French Creek above the confluence with Icicle Creek west of Leavenworth.
Deputies said the hikers flagged down a search team in the area as the rescuers were returning to their staging area. The man was found just over two miles up French Creek from the trailhead, dehydrated but able to walk part of the way back down the trail once he was found. A group carried him by litter the rest of the way down the trailhead when he was unable to complete the trek on foot.
The hiker had packed fishing equipment and hiked up the French Ridge trail off the creek on Sunday morning, then became lost and ventured downhill off-trail to the creek, where he caught and ate some fish.