Friday 4 October, 2013
The search for Kristopher Zitzewitz, 31, of Portland, OR will resume tomorrow morning, 5 October, utilizing ground resources requested through the Washington State Department of Emergency Management. There will be a concerted effort to again search the Big Lava Beds area approximately 10 miles north of Cook, WA in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest for Zitzewitz. Today, an extensive aerial search by the Skamania County Sheriff’s Office utilizing a helicopter from J and L Aviation out of Boring Oregon did not provide any substantial leads as to his location. “We flew treetop level looking in crevasses and tree wells on the lava beds” said Undersheriff Dave Cox. “It is extremely frustrating that we have been unable to locate Mr Zitzewitz”.
The search effort, starting at 0800 tomorrow morning, will consist of a concentrated effort in areas that are very rugged. “We have full confidence in our search personnel that we will be utilizing for this final search effort” said Cox. “We are hoping that we can reunite Mr. Zitzewitz with his family tomorrow”.
The command post for this search is located at Goose Lake Campground on the US Forest Service Road 60, west of Troutlake, WA.
Thank you for your assistance
Skamania County Sheriff’s Office