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Skamania County Sheriff’s Office Currently Operating 3 Searches

Tuesday October 1, 2013

1145 hours

The Skamania County Sheriff’s Office is currently operating 3 active search and rescue operations in northern Skamania County.

The search for Kristopher Zitzewitz, 31, of Portland, OR continues in the Big Lava Beds approximately 10 miles north of Cook, WA in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. Zitzewitz was looking for caves with his partner, Caleb Richie of Portland, OR when they became separated about 2:00 PM Saturday afternoon, 28 October.  There are currently 41 ground searchers, 2 vehicles, and 4 K9 teams active with this search based at Goose Lake Campground.

Search operations continued this morning for Matt Margiotta and his hiking partner, Kyla Arnold, north of Trout Lake, WA on the Pacific Crest Trail.  Margiotta reported a 0730 am on Monday, 30 October that they were in snow and may have to be rescued.  The pair had been hiking the PCT from Mexico and were trying to go to Canada.  Searchers have cell contact with Margiotta.  The search base is located at the Riley Creek trailhead off the Forest Service 23 road.  There are currently 6 ground searchers on the PCT heading to their location to bring them out.

At 1151 am on Monday, 30 October, Dane Wilson reported his daughter Alejandre Wilson, 23, was overdue to check in with him on her hike of the Pacific Crest Trail.  Wilson is also hiking the PCT from Mexico and had last talked with her father on Friday at 3:00 pm as she was leaving Trout Lake for White Pass, WA.  Deputies are trying to compile additional information to determine her whereabouts and condition at this time.

“ We were very busy this weekend with 3 additional search and rescues as well” said Undersheriff Dave Cox.  “We have received a great response from available resources from both Washington and Oregon and thank these professionals for their commitment to their fellow man.”


As updates become available, additional media releases will be sent.

Thank you for your assistance

Dave Cox
Skamania County Sheriff’s Office