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The ordeal began last Sunday when the three went out looking for hedgehog mushrooms, an orange-topped fungus prized by mushroom hunters for its sweet and nutty flavor. The three had been living in a trailer at a campsite after leaving Oklahoma for Oregon last summer.

Dusk fell during the family’s hunt. They started to return to their Jeep but couldn’t agree on directions.

“Pretty quickly, they found they were lost,” Sheriff Bishop said.

The family found a forest road next to a river bank and huddled together with their dog, a pit bull-terrier mix.

Search parties were dispatched Tuesday, when their campsite manager realized the Connes hadn’t returned. The Jeep was found on a logging road Wednesday, along with two small dogs and the family’s jackets.

Searchers found a trail and a few hopeful clues along the way: a can of Pepsi, mushroom-picking buckets, a few pieces of clothing.

Sheriff Bishop said Daniel Conne told him he had a sinking feeling every day the family wasn’t found. Daniel Conne would watch the search helicopter pass but was unable to get their attention.

“They said, ‘You were right above us,’” Sheriff Bishop said.

When the family was finally found Saturday, they were only 200 yards from the nearest group of searchers.

The search had focused on a four-square-mile area. Sheriff Bishop said the family was in the search area but likely kept moving, making the search for them more difficult.

“We were actually right near them all three days” of the search, Sheriff Bishop said. In the area’s canyons, “you think people can hear you, but they can’t.”

The search involved three Southern Oregon counties and one California county.

After being spotted by Mr. Raschor and Lt. Ward, the Connes were transported by a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter to Curry General Hospital in Gold Beach. A nursing supervisor said Saturday afternoon the three were in a doctor’s care and were unavailable for comment.

At the emergency room, Sheriff Bishop said the Connes were “very thankful for the rescue” and were able to eat solid food.

People frequently get lost or stranded in the area where the Connes went missing — rugged country in the Klamath Mountains riddled with a maze of logging roads.

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