ESTACADA, Ore.-- A missing dad and his two children were spotted walking on a forest road and brought to safety after they were reported missing during a hike Monday night, according to the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office.
Stewart Schmidt, 33, his son Gabriel McCoy, 15, and daughter Aiden Schmidt, 6, had planned to hike near the Indian Henry Campground, past Estacada. They had been expected home about 5 p.m., Monday.
The three spent the night in their car after the vehicle got stuck in the snow and began hiking out to find help Tuesday.
"We just ran into too much snow ... Don't surpass your vehicle's abilities," Schmidt said.
Hood River deputies flying over the search area in a fixed-wing aircraft spotted the trio near the Timothy Lake Dam after noon. Crews in a vehicle were able to reach the family and take them to the Ripplebrook Ranger Station. All three were in good condition, authorities said.
Family members called authorities about 9 p.m. to report them overdue, according to Lake Oswego police. then, volunteer searchers with Mountain Wave Communications headed out in four-wheel drive vehicles. They covered about 200 miles of roadway Monday in the Mount Hood National Forest.
The father had planned on hiking toward the campground from Oregon 224. The had left in a maroon Hyundai Santa Fe SUV with license YPA799.
Stewart told rescuers that they were enjoying the snow in their vehicle when it somehow got stuck and so they spent the night in the SUV. They decided to try and walk out on Tuesday and had run out of food and water, but were otherwise fine.
Stewart Schmidt's parents Anthony and Debra Schmidt said he is a loving father and an avid outdoorsman familiar with the area.
Several dozen family and friends met at the Estacada Ranger Station, at 595 NW Industrial Way, to assist in the search for the vehicle.
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