3 Huckleberry Pickers Lost For Hours In Kootenai County - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

3 Huckleberry Pickers Lost For Hours In Kootenai County

FERNAN SADDLE, Idaho- The Kootenai County Sheriff's Department located three people who were lost in the Kootenai County back country for several hours late Tuesday night. The three had been picking huckleberries and became separated over the course the night.

At around 5:00 Tuesday night, the Kootenai Sheriff's Department received a report of two missing people near Fernan Saddle. 62-year-old Howard Hudson of Coeur d'Alene and 67-year-old Ray Gomez also of Coeur d'Alene were missing. They also found a third person, 55-year-old Johnnie Hudson of Hayden, who was also missing.

The Sheriff's Department was told that all three people have medical conditions and none had extra food or water. Members of the Kootenai County Search and Rescue and Deputies from the Kootenai County Recreation Safety Section responded to Fernan Saddle to search for the missing men.

Just before 6:30 p.m., deputies heard three shots from a gun, which usually indicates a signal of distress or to provide someone with a location. Deputies responded to the area where the shots were heard and found Johnnie Hudson. He was uninjured and told deputies that he'd become separated from the other two men while picking huckleberries. He told deputies that he waited by the truck for five hours before hiking back up the mountain to make a phone call for help.

Just before 8:30 p.m. the other two missing subjects were found in the Fernan Creek drainage. They were helped out of the ravine and treated at the scene for minor non-life-threatening injuries.

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