Daylong search fails to find sign of missing Portland hiker | The Columbian

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By Mark Bowder, Columbian assistant metro editor

Published: October 5, 2013, 8:34 PM

Skamania County officials suspended their search for a missing Portland man Saturday evening after a daylong effort failed to turn up any sign of the man.

Kristopher Zitzewitz, 31, became separated from his hiking partner on Sept. 26 as an unseasonably bad weather system brought record amounts of rain and snow in the mountains.

“We had over 100 people working to locate him today and unfortunately found nothing,” said Skamania County Undersheriff Dave Cox.

Cox said the searchers used vehicles, motorcycles and K-9 teams in a concerted effort in the Big Lava Beds area approximately 10 miles north of Cook in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. Previous efforts included an aerial search on Friday.

“We are very thankful to all of the SAR professionals that have come out to assist us this past week. Their efforts in this extremely rugged and dangerous terrain have been exemplary,” Cox said in a statement released Saturday evening. “We are all very disappointed that we could not provide some closure for the family.”

Cox said the search been suspended this evening pending any further leads.

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Motorcyclist spots Rocket Llama: From Jim Klaas: I was up there riding my motorcycle up on Mt Adams today and bumped into Rocket.

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Rocket Llama FoundMotorcyclist spots Rocket Llama: From Jim Klaas: I was up there riding my motorcycle up on Mt Adams today and bumped into Rocket. I thought something was a little odd so I turned around and went back to her and asked her if I could help her. She said is there a road or a highway around here. I told here there was but it was miles down the road. I think left her and went up the road and found a search and rescue truck and ask the drive if they were looking for anyone. He told me they were and I said…I had just talked to her. I went back to her and asked if she was the girl…she told me she was…she was in great shape and in good spirits. I have attached a picture I took of her before Search and Rescue arrived. She made it…she was in good shape….pretty impressive after such an ordeal.

Jim Klaas
….you only live thirty-thousand days! — with Alejandra RocketLlama Wilson.


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