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July 7, 2012 at 4:55 PM

Hiker missing near North Bend

Search and rescue teams are looking for a 50-year-old Tacoma hiker who didn’t return from a hike in the North Bend area Friday.

Searchers found the Nissan Xterra driven by John Wright, a health inspector, in the early afternoon Saturday near the middle fork of the Snoqualmie River. They sent teams with search and rescue dogs up several trails looking for him.

He was last seen Friday morning, when he used a credit card to buy Argosy Cruise tickets for his family at home. His wife, Virginia, realized he was missing when he didn’t pick up their daughter from her summer camp at 6 p.m.

Wright is an avid hiker and leads groups of hikers from his church on the weekends. He doesn’t usually hike alone, his wife said, but sometimes was known to.

Virginia Wright said her husband always carried a blanket and extra food and water, but she thinks he is either lost or hurt.

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