Missing Terrace, B.C. mushroom picker found alive after surviving 15 days
One of two Terrace, B.C. men who went missing while mushroom picking has been found alive after surviving 15 days in the wilderness.
RCMP say Ike Murray, 26, is in stable condition at Memorial Mills Hospital after being found at around 4 p.m. in Cedarvale, about 75 kilometres north of Terrace.
According to Mounties, Murray managed to walk out of the woods onto a railway in a rural area and was spotted by CN Rail workers.
“He had been wandering around in the bush for two weeks, so he was suffering from the effects of that,” Terrace RCMP spokesperson Cst. Angela Rabut said.
“The weather here has been not the best and it’s really tough country,” she said. “The terrain in this country is rugged, it’s up and it’s down and it’s a lot of creeks and gullies. It’s a bit of a miracle that he has been found.”
Search and rescue crews are still searching for Devlin Sabo, 32.
The two men were hiking together when they got lost, but Murray hiked out on his own, Rabut said.
“He has given us information and we’ve resumed the search and rescue,” she said. “We’re very relieved to find Ike and we’re hoping to find Devlin.”
The two men were mushroom picking with Sabo’s brother on Sept. 22 when they split up, arranging to meet back at the boat that afternoon.
Sabo’s brother alerted authorities when the two men failed to return at a set time in the area of Lorne Creek along the Skeena.
A search began for the men on Sept. 23, drawing rescue personnel and volunteers from all over the province.
The official search was called off on Sept. 29 when the men were not found, however friends, family and local SAR crews continued to canvas the area.
With files from the Canadian Press