UPDATE: Jamie has been found, but has asked to stay anonymous. He was very humble about his part in the rescue, and we will respect his wishes. -Ed
A grateful daughter is searching social media for the Good Samaritan who rescued her parents, a Wentzville couple who had gone hiking and became lost in the 475-acre park on a day when the heat index was well above 100 degrees.
Nikki Wamble posted on Facebook in a large buy/sell trade group that is often used to share local news: “My parents got lost today at Matson Park by Defiance. They were lost for seven hours and my dad was super sick. A guy by the name of Jamie found them and got them help. I can only imagine what could have happened if he didn’t find them.”
Ramble’s parents, who are 58 and 61 years old, were exhausted after their ordeal and sat in an ambulance until Wamble, who lives in Moscow Mills, arrived with her sister to take them home.
Wamble hopes to locate Jamie to let him know how much she appreciates his help. She believes that he is 35 to 40 years old, lives in St. Charles but is originally from Wentzville, and works in Earth City.
“If it wasn’t for him, they would have been out there all night and it could have been way worse,” Wamble said. “I don’t think my dad could have made it all night.”
Both Wamble and her parents hope that the incident prompts the St. Charles County Parks Department to place more signs on the trails in Matson Hill Park.
The Augusta Volunteer Fire Department posted on Facebook about 11 p.m. “Recently returned from evacuating hikers that were overheated in Matson Hill Park,” the department posted. The St. Charles County Ambulance District and New Melle Fire Protection District assisted in the rescue.
The department went on to post this warning: “Please know your limitations before you hike when the heat index is well over 105!”
Matson Hill Park is located at 670 Matson Hill Road in Defiance.