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Search Continues This Morning For Missing Onalaska Elk Hunter

13 November, 2011
9:15 PM
Search efforts will continue tomorrow morning at daybreak for an overdue elk hunter in the Ryan Lake area of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest NE of Spirit Lake in Skamania County. 56 year old Onlalaska, WA resident David Sherwood was reported as overdue by his son to Lewis and Skamania County authorities late Friday evening after Sherwood did not return from an elk hunt in the Ryan Lake area north of Mt St Helens.

Sherwood’s vehicle was found mid day Saturday on a spur road off the Forest Service 2612 road and search and rescue resources were immediately requested through the Washington State Department of Emergency Management. Search efforts in the area of the vehicle were coordinated throughout the night.

This morning, approximately 78 friends, family, and official Search and Rescue teams methodically searched the area until the search was suspended at approximately 7:00 PM this evening.

The weather has not been favorable in the search area, with heavy snow at times and limited visibility. The area is heavily timbered and in steep terrain.

Search efforts will resume tomorrow morning from the Search Base at the Ryan Lake Trailhead on the FS 2612 road. Weather is expected to continue to hamper search efforts as more snow is forecast to fall, adding to the already 8 to 12 inches in the area.

“I have been advised by our Search and Rescue Coordinator that we have requested an additional 20 ground searchers for first light in the morning”, said Undersheriff Dave Cox. “Additional resource requests for aircraft support have also been made, although their use will be heavily weather dependent.”
Thank you

Dave Cox
Skamania County Sheriff’s Office
509-427-9490 Office
360-772-6352 Cell