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Molatore's Dog Aldean is lead out by Umpqua National Forest Firefighters
Molatore's Dog Aldean is lead out by Umpqua National Forest Firefighters
Woman Located Safe After Extensive SAR Mission (Photo) - 07/10/18

IDLEYLD PARK, Ore.  – A Roseburg woman and her dog have been found alive after an extensive search and rescue mission.

At approximately 9:30 am on Tuesday, July 10, 2018, a Douglas Forest Protective Association (DFPA) helicopter crew working with the Umpqua National Forest located a female and a yellow dog, believed to be Brandy Molatore, near the small forest fire in the Boulder Creek Wilderness. This information was relayed to Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue personnel. 

The Umpqua National Forest deployed personnel consisting of three firefighters, two of whom are EMTs, into the wilderness to make contact with the female, who was positively identified as Molatore.

The Sheriff’s Office made a request to the Oregon Army National Guard for patient extraction from the wilderness due to the terrain of the landscape. EMS personnel from Bay Cities Ambulance were dispatched to for patient transport.

At approximately 1:10 pm, the Army National Guard successfully extracted Ms. Molatore from the wilderness and transported her to the Illahee Airstrip where she was transferred to the waiting ambulance crew. She was then transported by ground ambulance to Mercy Medical Center in Roseburg for evaluation and was later discharged.

The Umpqua National Forest firefighters hiked back out with Ms. Molatore’s dog and delivered it to Search and Rescue personnel.

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office has been actively searching for Ms. Molatore since Friday, July 6, 2018. Volunteers from Douglas County K-9 SAR, 4x4 SAR, Ground Crews and Mountain Rescue spent days on the search. During the course of the mission and subsequent rescue the following agencies provided support and assisted:

  • United States Forest Service – Umpqua National Forest (Ground, Fire Personnel and Management)
  • Douglas Forest Protective Association (Aircraft and Spotter)
  • Northwest Rafters Association (Rafters)
  • Oregon State Police – Aircraft and Family Liaison
  • Jackson County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue and Mountain Rescue
  • Oregon Army National Guard (H-60 Blackhawk with Crew)
  • Lane County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue and Mountain Rescue
  • Oregon Office of Emergency Management (State Search and Rescue Coordinator / National Guard Aircraft Coordination)
  • Bay Cities Ambulance

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