BEND, Ore. — A 38-year-old hiker who went missing on South Sister has been found alive.

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office tweeted Monday that Gerald Derrickson was safe.

Derrickson summited the mountain late Saturday afternoon after separating from his hiking partner.

He then failed to return to the trailhead as planned.

A search began Sunday, but was suspended because of darkness and hazardous conditions.

According to (, Derrickson was found three or four miles south of the summit and walked off the mountain with no help.

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