Rescue crews continued their search efforts at Mt. Hood Meadows today for Ryan Mather, who was reported missing on the evening of April 5. The majority of today’s activity focused on the technical black diamond and double black diamond rated areas in and around Heather Canyon, Jack’s Woods and the Private Reserve.
Searchers started the day with good weather and snow conditions. As searching progressed, the snow conditions deteriorated due to warmer temperatures, creating some challenges in navigating terrain for ground teams. Operations concluded today around 5 p.m., without locating any sign of Mather.
Teams covered hundreds of acres of terrain during the previous three operational periods, checking some areas multiple times. Weather overnight and into Friday is expected to create conditions that are too dangerous for search teams, leading to the suspension of current efforts. Going forward, the Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Patrol will continue search efforts to locate Mather.
A spokesperson for the family expressed their thanks for all the efforts that have been made to find Ryan. They said they are grateful for the outpouring of support and well-wishes but asked that their privacy be respected during this very difficult time.
Assisting the Hood River County Sheriff’s Office with search operations on April 7, were the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office, Hood River Crag Rats, Pacific Northwest Search and Rescue, Portland Mountain Rescue, Corvallis Mountain Rescue, Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Patrol, Mt. Hood Meadows Public Safety, and Oregon Emergency Management.
Courtesy of Hood River County SO