Russian police find missing Omsk health minister

Russian police find missing Omsk health minister

Health Minister of the Omsk region Alexander Murakhovsky has been found alive following a three-day search after he missing on a hunting trip, authorities said Monday.

Omsk regional police said Murakhovsky had not been seen since leaving a hunting base in a forest near the Bolesheukovsky district village of Pospelovo on Friday.

Murakhovsky was found after he emerged from the forest near the village of Basliy and sought out help from villagers, the RBC news website cited the regional government's press service as saying. He was taken to the district hospital for a health examination, authorities added.

Murakhovsky's wife confirmed that he has been found and that she spoke to him on the phone.

Omsk police, National Guard officers, local residents and search parties had resumed search operations early Monday morning after an overnight pause. Police said that Murakhovsky’s ATV had been found 6.5 kilometers from the hunting base.