Search suspended for missing Kelso hiker

first_imgAuthorities have suspended their search for a Kelso hiker missing in the Lava Canyon area since Oct. 15, according to the Skamania County Sheriff’s Office.The sheriff’s office said deputies responded that evening after getting a call from Avery Jackson, 19, of Kelso, who said her hiking partner, Garrett Canada, 18, also of Kelso, was missing.They were hiking on the Lava Canyon Trail, at the end of National Forest Road 83, about 18 miles east of Cougar, the sheriff’s office said.Jackson told officials the two became separated after she stopped to shoot photos. She hiked around the trail system, and waited at their car to check with other hikers, but had no luck. She found a ride to Cougar where she called for help, the sheriff’s office said.A responding deputy found Canada’s vehicle, and the Volcano Rescue Team organized a search.Around 3 a.m. Tuesday, rescue teams found indications Canada may have entered the water near or just past the first waterfall through Lava Canyon.last_img

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