TROUTDALE, Ore. – Deputies continue to search for a man who walked into the woods after he crashed his SUV Monday night.
Police said 29-year-old Kyle Peterson has no criminal history and has no reason to run away. Deputies on Thursday were using advanced sonar equipment to search the Sandy River near where he crashed Monday.
Peterson crashed his Jeep through a guardrail on Southeast Stark Street near Southeast 35th Street around 8:19 p.m., according to Lt. Steve Alexander with the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office. He then skidded 50 feet before getting snagged on a log.
Peterson was sitting in his Jeep when a deputy showed up and was cooperative and did not appear injured. He then turned and walked into a heavily wooded area southeast of the crash, Alexander said.
The officer repeatedly told Peterson to stop because he said the terrain was hazardous. Peterson, however, walked away and was not seen since.
"This is a complete mystery," said Lynn Bauer, Peterson's mother. "There's no evidence of anything."
Deputies showed up with a K-9 to help search the area but didn’t find him. Search and rescue teams were canvassing the area. Anyone with information was asked to call 911 or the sheriff’s office at 503-255-3600.
"They're very concerned and very concerned for the welfare of their son, and we're
working as if it was one of ours," Alexander said.
There is some fear Peterson hit his head during the crash or had a medical issue, deputies said.