The Benton County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue team found a 21-year-old mountain biker who had gone missing Saturday evening on Marys Peak.
The sheriff’s office responded to a report of the missing person at 8:06 p.m., according to a news release on the operation. Two local mountain bikers were on Marys Peak riding the East Ridge trail toward the Conner’s Camp parking lot when about a half-mile down, one of the two bikers got a flat front tire.
The other cyclist decided to ride to Conner’s Camp to get a tube and tire pump, the sheriff’s office said in its report. But when he returned to fix the flat, the other cyclist was gone. All trails were searched except the North Ridge trail prior to activating search and rescue.
SAR responded and multiple members arrived at Conner’s Camp at about 11:30 p.m. to begin a search for the cyclist, described as a 6-foot-2 man who was without water, food, phone or extra clothing, BCSO reported.
Two searchers started at the top of the North Ridge trail and rode their bikes down. At 12:40 a.m., they made voice contact with the biker and found him halfway to Woods Creek Road. By 1:30 a.m. Sunday, he had been assisted to the end of the trail.
After a quick medical evaluation, responders determined the man to be uninjured but dehydrated, BCSO reported.
“I’d like to thank our SAR volunteers for their continued dedication to our community,” Sheriff Jef Van Arsdall said through the release. “24/7, 365, these men and women are here to aid in searches by air, ground, water, and now by bike as well.”