PORTLAND -- Standing next to his father, and the pastor of their church Sunday morning, Ian Unger joked with and thanked his congregation for its support.
Unger, 19, was reunited with his family on the Pacific Crest Trail late Saturday after he was reported missing near Mount Hood late Friday.
"Almost everything went right, just a couple things went wrong and it all turned out well because of that, but thanks to everyone for all your prayers," his father said Sunday.
Many of the members of Eastside Free Methodist church in Southeast Portland came up to Mount Hood Saturday to help Ian's family look for him.
Unger and six others were on a four-day hike along the Pacific Crest Trail, hiking from from Timberline Lodge to Cascade Locks when he was separated from the group. He walked 20 miles hoping to find them.
"Friday morning, I realized I was separated, but I thought they were ahead of me,” Unger said.
He then ran into another group of hikers on the trail.
"Before I could say anything other than 'hey,' the guy's like, 'Is your name Ian?'
Ian then went with the group and was reunited with his family.
"When I saw them, that was like, when it hit me. This is a big deal," he said.
Sunday morning, he was overjoyed to be home with loved ones
"It's so cliché but it really was one of those, I didn't know I was lost until people found me,” Unger said.