Columbia Gorge search suspended

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Columbia Gorge search suspended

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by KGW.com Staff

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Posted on March 12, 2013 at 6:09 AM

Updated Tuesday, Mar 12 at 9:01 AM

NORTH BONNEVILLE, Wash. -- The search for a possible missing hiker in the Columbia Gorge has been suspended, started when a man in the area reported hearing someone yelling for help Saturday evening.

Steve Asher was hiking in the Table Mountain area when he heard the man, said Skamania County Undersheriff Dave Cox. Asher called police immediately.

"He's like, 'I'm up here, I'm up here. Help me,'" Asher said. "I went, 'What happened? And he said, 'I fell.' I said, 'How far?' And he said, 'I don't know.'"

Deputies started a search Saturday night with the help of a Coast Guard helicopter, but did not find any hikers or any vehicles. They returned with Asher Sunday, and search crew members said they also heard what sounded like cries for help.

A crew of about two dozen people continued the search Monday morning. The search was focused on steep terrain in a two-square-mile area south of Table Mountain. Police said the search would be suspended at dusk if they hadn't found anybody by that time.

Deputies said nobody has been reported missing or overdue. There have been no reports of unattended vehicles. 

Cox said a woman disappeared in the same area several years ago and crews did not find her for eight days.


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