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October 4, 2013 at 9:14 PM

Ground searches for 2 missing hikers planned Saturday

The Associated Press

An air search for a young Oregon woman hiking the Pacific Crest Trail in Southwest Washington has expanded into a new county, while a separate air search farther south found no signs of a missing Portland man.

Alejandra Wilson’s father reported the 23-year-old Portland woman overdue for a check-in Monday. A search of the trail in Skamania County found no trace of her, so the search moved Friday to Yakima County.

Yakima County sheriff’s Sgt. George Town says hopes were raised when tracks were spotted in the snow in the Goat Rocks Wilderness about 15 miles south of White Pass. A Coast Guard helicopter crew landed Friday and talked to a male hiker, who said he’d encountered four other hikers in the area — none of them Wilson.

Town says more than 20 “experienced mountaineering folks” plan a ground search Saturday in the Goat Rocks area.

Skamania County Undersheriff Dave Cox says a helicopter searched crevasses and tree wells Friday in the Big Lava Beds area of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest, where 31-year-old Kristopher Zitzewitz was last seen Sept. 28.

Cox said another ground search was planned Saturday in “very rugged” areas of the lava beds.

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