OREGON CITY, Ore. -- A man reported missing Sunday evening during a Clackamas River rafting trip made his way home while crews were searching for him Monday morning, police said.
A friend reported 21-year-old Bryton Schmidt of Battle Ground missing Sunday night when the two failed to meet up at Carver Park.
They had launched about 4 p.m. at Barton Park and became separated as it grew dark while they were on the water. The sheriff's office reported Sunday night that Schmidt was last seen walking through a shallow finger of the river with a partially deflated float tube.
"Around 7 a.m. the sheriff's office received a report from a couple driving Highway 224 near Carver of a male hitchhiker who appeared cold, dirty, and was only wearing shorts," CCSO Sgt. Robert Wurpes said Monday morning. "Sheriff's deputies searched the area but did not find him."
About 45 minutes later Schmidt called his parents to say he had made it home safe, Wurpes added.
Schmidt was not wearing a life jacket and was allegedly heavily intoxicated when he was reported missing.