Medford man cold but unhurt after night in snow

PROSPECT — A Medford man survived a cold and wet night in the Woodruff recreation area near Prospect after crashing his snowmobile into a tree Monday, sheriff's officials said.

Jackson County search and rescue crews were called to the area early this morning after Jerry Reeves did not return from his trip.

Searchers arrived in the area with three Sno-Cats, six snowmobiles and a helicopter. Correction: See below.

They soon found Reeves' vehicle parked along Highway 62 near Abbott Creek Road, and a sheriff's helicopter pilot spotted Reeves hiking down Abbott Creek Road at 10:30 a.m.

He told his rescuers he had crashed his snowmobile about 14 miles off the road. He was unhurt and managed to build a fire to survive the cold night. At first light he walked to the road and began heading toward Highway 62.

Medics examined Reeves and determined him in good health, though he was cold and wet from his stay in the woods.

— Chris Conrad

Correction: Sno-Cat, a trademarked name, was misspelled in an earlier version of this story. This version is correct.

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