The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office said 43-year-old Brandy Rose Molatore (who also uses the last name of Nelson) was found in the Umpqua National Forest and was transported to Mercy Medical Center around 1 p.m. Tuesday. She has since been released.
Before Tuesday, Molatore was last heard from on July 1, 2018. She was about 40 miles away from her destination of Swift Water Park, but she never made it. She was reported missing on July 5.
According to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, at approximately 9:30 am on Tuesday, July 10, 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.
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 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 Molatore’s dog and delivered it to Search and Rescue personnel.
The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office has been actively searching for Molatore since Friday, July 6, 2018. The agency said volunteers from Douglas County K-9 SAR, 4×4 SAR, Ground Crews and Mountain Rescue spent days on the search.