July 31, 2015
The Skamania County Sheriff’s Office is currently conducting search operations of Forest road 24 in the Sawtooth Berry fields near Troutlake, WA.
The Sheriff’s dispatch center received a call at approximately 3:00pm on July 30, 2015 from 57 year old Lisa Fujiwara out of Bend Oregon. Fujiwara reported her 87 year old mother, Wasco Fujiwara from The Dalles OR, was missing after the two were picking huckleberries in the Sawtooth Berry fields.
Lisa stated she last saw her mother at approximately 1:30pm near the 24 road summit at surprise lakes. Lisa separated from her mother for a short time and when she returned the area her mother had been picking she discovered she was missing.
Sheriff’s deputies responded to the area and a hasty search was conducted with the help of other berry pickers.
By 7pm last night, a limited number of volunteer searchers began to arrive and a fixed wing aircraft from the Hood River County Sheriff’s Office had been requested.
As of this morning there are 2 dog teams assisting in the search along with 6 field searchers the HRSO fixed wing and a private helicopter.
Wasco Fujiwara suffers from early stage dementia.
Search efforts are currently set to continue through today and tomorrow if Fujiwara is not located.
End Media Release
Dave Brown, Sheriff