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Missing Eugene Man Found In Wilderness By U.S. Coast Guard

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On Wednesday Morning, a man who has been reported missing since Monday was found alive by a U.S. Coast Guard Helicopter. On Monday, a City of Eugene employee was reported missing after not returning from a hike in the Kalmiopsis Wilderness area, which is about 40 miles southwest of Grants Pass.

“The Coast Guard did locate him and they’re hoisting him out as we speak,” Josephine County Sheriff Dave Daniel said around 11:30 a.m Wednesday.

The man’s condition was not immediately known.

On Tuesday, search and rescue teams were sent out in the search for Matt Denberg. A friend of Matt Denberg’s was informed about his whereabouts, Babyfoot Trail from Friday to Sunday, before the trip. Denburg had asked his friend to notify authorities he he had not returned from his trip by a certain time.

By Monday evening, the Sheriff was notified.

“A friend of his called and said he was supposed to be back on Sunday, so we went out to the trail head and sure enough his car was there,” Daniel said.

Crews started searching for Denberg via air Tuesday morning.

Matt Denberg is believed to be about 45 years old.

“We sent out two fixed-wing airplanes to cover the six-day trail hike and couldn’t locate anything,” Daniel said. “It’s a huge area with a pretty expansive trail system, maybe 45 miles.”

On Wednesday morning the U.S. Coast Guard joined in efforts with a helicopter.

Daniel said a local search and rescue member who knows the area well helped the Coast Guard with their search.

Additional information will be added to the story as it becomes available.

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