TROUTLAKE, Wash. -- Crews Tuesday temporarily suspended the search for a 60-year-old mushroom picker missing since Saturday afternoon in south central Skamania County.
Gail Wietrick, of Troutlake, Wash. was last seen when she got out of a vehicle and left Little Rock Creek road to check for mushrooms around 4:30 p.m.
Wietrick’s party searched for her throughout the night and the next day until notifying authorities at 3 p.m. Sunday. The coordinated search effort started about a half-hour later and lasted through Tuesday, according to Skamania County Undersheriff Dave Cox.
"Authorities will be temporarily suspending search efforts as of 8:00 p.m.," he announced Tuesday afternoon. "The search will continue at 8:00 a.m. tomorrow. Approximately 40 searchers have combed a 1.5-square-mile area around the point she was last seen, utilizing ground, 4-wheeler, horse, and K-9 search teams today without finding her."
A Bonneville Power Administration helicopter was also helping in the search. Cox said additional resources were requested for the Wednesday search.
The terrain is steep, with densely forested with brush.
"It's steep and there’s water and tons of debris on the ground," explained forester John Stevenson, who was helping with the search. "You can’t walk straight for more than 50 feet, probably."