Missing mushroom picker found dead in Tillamook State Forest

Tillamook State Forest – After a multi-day search and rescue effort by multiple regional Search and Rescue teams, a missing mushroom picker has been found dead after an apparent 60-foot fall in the Tillamook State Forest. 

On September 25, Michael Scott Lund, 49, from Portland was reported missing by a friend after he failed to return from a mushroom hunting expedition in the area of Drift Creek Forest Road, which is close to the Wilson River Highway on mile post 2. 

After two days of searching, Lund was located on September 27 at about 3:45 p.m. in a creek bed in the Drift Creek area of the Tillamook State Forest, after apparently falling 60 feet from a rock outcropping. According to the Tillamook County Medical Examiner, Lund sustained massive head and neck trauma from the fall. 

Due to the extremely rugged terrain in the area, Tillamook County Search and Rescue requested the assistance of Portland Mountain Rescue in removing Lund’s body. Portland Mountain Rescue recovered Lund’s body around 1 p.m. on September 28. 

During the search and rescue operation, the Tillamook County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue team was assisted by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue team, Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue team, Portland Mountain Rescue, Pacific Northwest Search and Rescue, Mountain Wave Search and Rescue, Oregon National Guard and the Oregon Department of Forestry.

Sources and more information:

Tillamook County Sheriff’s Office
Washington County Sheriff’s Office
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