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Deaf, mute woman found safe after going missing

A woman who is both deaf and mute was rescued nearly five hours after she went missing near Crale Creek Road during a mushroom-picking expedition with friends.

Allyson Mogstad, 41, of Springfield, was supposed to meet her friends at their car about 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, but she didn't show up, the Lane County Sheriff's Office reported. A friend called for help at 9:10 p.m., concerned about the cold, wet and windy weather. Mogstad had only a raincoat, a knife and a lighter with her.

A search team was quickly dispatched to the area off Highway 58. Searchers heard a faint yell about 11 p.m. that led them to Mogstad, who was in midstage hypothermia, the sheriff's office said. Searchers and deputies helped carry her down the steep forested hill to the road, where an ambulance took her to McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center in Springfield for treatment.

Through an interpreter, she told rescuers that she had climbed a tree and tried to light some of her clothes on fire to attract attention, but was thwarted when she fell to the ground.
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Title Annotation:General News; METRO
Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Date:Apr 15, 2005
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