GOVERNMENT CAMP, Ore. – Rescuers came down from Mt. Hood early Tuesday afternoon when high winds and low visibility halted their search for a man missing since Saturday.
The family of 59-year-old Kinley Adams, last seen when he set out to summit the mountain Friday, is optimistic that he will be found alive.
Family members said Tuesday that their faith is helping them through the long hours of waiting.
Adams was expected back home around 3 p.m. Saturday and his family called police when they still hadn’t seen him by 9 p.m.
Searchers set out Sunday morning and reached the summit, but could not find him. They resumed the search again Monday and Tuesday. But each day near white-out conditions prevented them from reaching higher elevations.
“He can take a lot of misery,” Kinley’s wife Lorraine said Tuesday afternoon. “I worry that it’s been a long time and it’s cold and wet, but I’m pretty confident he can handle it.”
She also said people around the country have been sending prayers and hopeful sentiments to the family.
The family will be holding a prayer vigil Tuesday evening at Salem First Baptist Church, located at 395 Marion Street NE, from 6 to 7 p.m. The vigil is open to the public.
The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office released a photo collage (below) that shows some of the gear Kinley took with him when he set out for the climb. Anyone who may have seen him while climbing Saturday was asked to call the sheriff's office at (503) 723-4949 or submit a tip here.
KGW Reporter Pat Dooris contributed to this report.