Summer Brings More Search and Rescues

August 8, 2018, 10:00 AM

 

 

On 8/6/18 at approximately 10:00 AM, the Skamania County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a missing person, possibly on or near the USFS 25 road, south of Randle, WA. The reporting party, Richard Goldsberry of Portland, Oregon reported his girlfriend overdue from a solo camping trip near the Iron Creek Campground, north of Mt. St. Helens in the Lewis County area. Goldsberry was concerned because his girlfriend, Monique L. Sparks, 39, Portland, Oregon was now 5 days overdue. Her plan was to camp her way back to Oregon and was supposed to be back to watch their child as he is employed. He said this was very unlike her and she would be in contact if possible.

He was advised to contact Lewis County and report Sparks as missing. USFS personnel had searched the Iron Creek Campground and surrounding area with negative results. Goldsberry advised our office he would be enroute to the USFS 25 road area to begin looking. We were able to contact him later and he told our office he had turned around due to the vast amount or area to be searched.

On 8/7/18 our office was able to secure an air asset from the Hood River County Sheriff’s Office and made arrangements to send a Deputy up as a spotter to comb the USFS 25 road and surrounding spurs. Just prior to take off, Goldsberry advised it was a misunderstanding and that Sparks was fine and currently at the Coast. Her missing status was removed from the national system by the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

 

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On 8/6/18 at approximately 10:24PM, the Skamania County Sheriff’s Office received a report of an overdue hiker on the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) out of Trout Lake, Washington. The caller, Robert Mauk, 57, Tujunga, CA, reported a hiker, Michael Manchester, 79, Marina Del Ray, CA, overdue.

 

He reported a group of 8 hikers, including himself and Manchester, were hiking the PCT from the Cultus Creek Trailhead out of Trout Lake, WA.  They left at 8:00 AM and last saw Manchester at approximately 5:30 PM. The hiking group, minus Manchester, continued to their destination at the Falls Creek Trailhead. Mauk did go back to look for Manchester and ran into another hiker that saw him south on the PCT. The hiker said Manchester was still walking south and appeared to be in good health, although information received from the group was he had some pre-existing medical conditions that necessitated an immediate response.

 

A search was initiated by our office and Sgt. Ryan Taylor was dispatched. He began running roads in the area and made plans for search & rescue teams to meet in the morning to begin a mission. At approximately 3:59AM, Sgt. Taylor located Manchester at the PCT/USFS60 Road intersection. He was out of water but in good health. Taylor transported Manchester to Trout Lake and reunited him with his hiking group.

 

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On 8/7/18 at approximately 11:20 PM, the Skamania County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a hiker struggling to continue his hike on the June Lake Trail system. Alisha Summerson of Vancouver reported her 17-year-old son, Grant Summerson, had become sick and was having difficulty on the June Lake Trail. She advised our office that he and his hiking partner, Brianna L. Grosz, 18, Brush Prairie, WA were walking counter-clockwise on the trail. She also said he had become dizzy and had to lay down several times before continuing, and that they were out of water.

 

The Volcano Rescue Team, North Country EMS, and a Deputy out of our office responded. The VRT sent 2 hasty teams in at different locations, Red Rock Trail and Loowit Trail to search for the hikers. At approximately 5:07 AM both hikers were located on the Loowit Trail, not on the June Lake Trail as reported. The VRT was able to rehydrate them and escorted them out to the Blue Lake Trail head in Cowlitz County to be reunited with family.