Parents of missing Ohio hiker say he survived on berries

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COUGAR, Wash. (AP) – The parents of an Ohio man found alive after he went missing nearly a week ago on a hike near Mount St. Helens in Washington state say he is being treated for dehydration and staying overnight in a hospital.

At a news conference Wednesday outside a Vancouver, Washington, hospital, Carney and Linda Matheny say their son Matthew survived on berries and bees he had killed.

They said Wednesday he wasn’t familiar with the terrain, became lost and hadn’t seen a person since Aug. 9 and are grateful to the people who found him.

Matthew Matheny, of Warren, Ohio, had been last seen by friends on Aug. 9, when he borrowed a car and headed for a trail.

Linda Matheny says the family is grateful for the efforts of search crews: “They were going to find our boy.”

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