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10/29 UPDATE – Search for 78 year old Mushroom Picker

Tuesday, 22 October,2019

0930 AM

On Saturday, October 19, 2019, at approximately 4:17 pm The Skamania County Sheriff’s Office received a report that an overdue/missing mushroom picker on the USFS 60 Road, 10 miles north of Carson, WA.

 The mushroom picker, Richard L. Sugai, 78, Beaverton, OR, was reported overdue/missing by his family after a day trip to pick mushrooms. Sugai was in the area with several family members, an area in which they’ve picked for decades.

 A Search & Rescue Deputy was dispatched to the area and contacted the family. The initial information obtained was Sugai was last seen entering the woods earlier in the day. When he didn’t return, the family began to search for him. They alerted our office when it began to get dark. We were advised Sugai did have a medical condition that requires medication daily. Sugai was dressed for the torrential rain, however he was wearing dark clothing.

 A search was immediately initiated, and teams began scouring the area throughout the night with negative results. The adjoining camps of pickers and hunting camps were also alerted, however no sign of Sugai has been found.

 The search continued Sunday, Monday, and will be resuming this morning.


The Skamania County Sheriff’s Office has suspended search efforts for Richard L. Sugai, 78, of Beaverton, Oregon. Mr. Sugai had been reported missing, by family members, after a day of mushroom picking on the USFS 60 Road, north of Carson, Washington.

Our office conducted another search over the weekend, both Saturday and Sunday, and were met with negative results. I have also attached a statement and picture released by the family, please see below.



Regarding missing mushroom picker Richard Sugai, who has been missing since Saturday, October 19th:


For matters of privacy, our Family will not be conducting public interviews and would like to make the following statement:

While we never want to give up hope, with each passing day we believe we have been transitioning from a mission of rescue to one of recovery.  We would like to take this opportunity to commend the exemplary work from the Silver Star Search and Rescue Teams, the Skamania County Sheriff’s Department, the US Forest Service, and any and all other individuals involved – all of their words of encouragement and kind thoughts have been of great comfort to our Family.

 As the official search was suspended on Sunday, October 27th, if anyone might have or come across additional information we ask that they contact the Skamania County Sheriff’s Department.