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Missing Hiker

Posted on 15th July 2013 at 15:54

Ground searchers plan to meet this morning at the Coldwater Lake Boat Launch, the command post for an effort to find a man who’s wandering along the trails in the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument. Around 5:45 yesterday afternoon, a hiker used the pay phone at Coldwater to contact 911, relaying the story of a man they came upon while on the 211 Trail, about a mile east of the junction with the 230 Trail. They reported that the now-missing man was asleep in a sleeping bag, in the middle of the trail. The hiker says that the man was in pretty rough shape, with no food and possibly sick from drinking creek water. The man said that he’d been hiking for about three days, trying to make his way to Yakima. The hikers left the rest of their food with the man; further checking shows that he may have been seen in the Johnston Ridge area on Saturday. He was eventually identified as a 34 year-old man from the Vancouver area, and may have some mental health issues. Vancouver Police report several instances in 2010 and 2011, and also say he was reported as missing on several occasions. The Cowlitz and Skamania County Sheriff’s Offices worked on the search for several hours last night, eventually suspending the effort around 10 pm. Today’s effort is expected to resume at 9 am.