Roseburg hiker safe at home after extensive search and rescue effort

A Roseburg woman is safe at home after she and her dog were rescued from the Boulder Creek Wilderness on Tuesday.

Douglas County Sheriff’s deputies and Search and Rescue volunteers had been actively searching for 43-year-old Brandy Rose Molatore since she was reported missing while hiking the North Umpqua Trail.

The search proved fruitless until Tuesday, when a contract helicopter crew for the Douglas Fire Protective Association was working near the 20,000 acre Boulder Creek Wilderness on Tuesday morning.

The crew noticed a woman and yellow dog below them and relayed the information to Douglas County Search and Rescue teams.

Three Umpqua National Forest firefighters were sent to the location, two of whom are EMTs. The three located the female who was positively identified as Molatore.

The Sheriff’s Office requested an Oregon Army National Guard to remove Molatore from the wilderness, due to the terrain of the landscape. EMS personnel from Bay Cities Ambulance were sent to the location for patient transport.

At 1:10 pm, the Army National Guard successfully extracted Molatore from the wilderness and transported her to the Illahee Airstrip where she was transferred to the waiting ambulance crew. She was then transported by ground ambulance to Mercy Medical Center in Roseburg for evaluation and was later discharged.

The Umpqua National Forest firefighters hiked back out with Molatore’s dog and delivered it to Search and Rescue personnel.

Molatore is an experienced backpacker who was was hiking with her dog near Soda Springs on Sunday. Molatore told her daughter her phone was dying and asked her pick her up in Idleyld Park on Wednesday, according to unofficial scanner reports.

Molatore was last heard from on Sunday, July 1 and was reported missing on July 5 after failing to arrive at her Swiftwater Park destination. Search and rescue crews have been actively searching for Molatore  since Friday, July 6.

Volunteers from Douglas County K-9 SAR, 4×4 SAR, Ground Crews and Mountain Rescue spent days on the search. During the course of the mission and subsequent rescue the following agencies provided support and assisted:

  • Ground, fire and management personnel from the Umpqua National Forest
  • An aircraft and spotter from the Douglas Forest Protective Association
  • Rafters from the Northwest Rafters Association
  • Aircraft and a family liaison from the Oregon State Police
  • Search and rescue teams from Jackson County and Lane County Sheriff’s
  • An H60 Blackhawk with crew from the Oregon Army National Guard
  • Oregon Office of Emergency Management (State Search and Rescue Coordinator / National Guard Aircraft Coordination)
  • Bay Cities Ambulance


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