Marine found after fleeing during panic attack

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) -- A Marine veteran who suffers from panic attacks and fled on foot following a minor traffic accident in Oregon was found after two days in the snow.

Oregon State Police say 37-year-old Jason D. Cooper of Temecula, Calif., was found Wednesday in a remote wooded area lying on tree branches, trying to keep warm. He was taken to Mercy Medical Center at Roseburg and treated for hypothermia.

Cooper had been driving Monday when he was involved in a low-speed rear-end collision on a highway through the Umpqua National Forest.

The Oregonian reports the other driver was surprised to see Cooper, wearing shorts and sandals, run off through the snow.

Police say Cooper, a former sniper for the Marines, has post-traumatic stress disorder. Searchers followed his tracks through snow 2 feet deep.

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