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Deerfield man found near Oregon nature camp

Updated: July 31, 2014 2:07PM

A 2014 Deerfield High School graduate was found safe today after going missing from his Oregon nature camp for more than 24 hours.

Searchers on horseback found Kevin Mulert, 18, of Deerfield, at 10:30 a.m. today about 1.5 miles from the camp, where he was last seen at 4:30 a.m. Wednesday. He was reported missing at 8 a.m. Wednesday.

“It appears he’s going to be OK,” Oregon State Police Lt. Gregg Hastings said. “He was taken to the hospital for possible dehydration and a physical.”

Mulert walked away from camp unnoticed Wednesday, officials said.

Searchers provided Mulert initial medical care and water, according to police. It appeared to them he was dehydrated. He was to be taken to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend, Ore., by Oregon National Guard helicopter. His family has been notified.

The Lake County (Oregon) Sheriff’s Department had led the search in the area six miles south of Frederick Butte, Ore.

A combination of search and rescue personnel and volunteers looked for Mulert on horseback and on foot as well as in motor and all-terrain vehicles, police said. Both fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters were deployed from the Civil Air Patrol and Oregon National Guard. Canine crews also were used.

In high school, Mulert was on both the wrestling and football teams.

“He’s a tough kid, a strong kid, and no stranger to camp,” wrestling Coach Marc Pechter said. “He’s a really, really, good kid.”

Contributing: Pioneer Press, Sun-Times Media Wire

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