Wednesday, September 3, 2003
Skamania County Sheriff's Search and Rescue deputies continued coordinating search efforts on Friday, Aug. 29, 2003, for 79-year-old Duff Kimsey from The Dalles.
Kimsey's wife, Myrtle, reported her husband overdue on Aug. 28 at approximately 4 p.m.
Skamania County Sheriff's deputies responded and immediately requested the assistance of Wind River Search and Rescue. Searchers combed the area of Mowich Butte, approximately 10 miles north of Carson, in the south central portion of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest, throughout the night. In the morning of Aug. 29, additional searchers from Cowlitz and Kittitas counties, and Wind River SAR continued searching. The area was covered with field searchers and dogs. A helicopter from Hillsboro, Ore., assisted in the search area on Friday morning.
Kimsey and his wife were in the area searching for huckleberries when Kimsey walked away from the vehicle and did not return.
The search area is rugged with dense underbrush and thick timber. Searchers continued to focus on areas of high probability.
Kimsey, a white male, was last seen wearing a brown plaid shirt, long pants and hiking boots. Kimsey is described as approximately 6 feet tall and weighing 185 pounds. He wears glasses.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Skamania County Sheriff's Office, 427-9490.
Deputies from the Klickitat County Sheriff's Office and officers from Washington State Parks had received four vehicle prowl complaints and one burglary complaint between July 29 and Aug. 17, 2003.
The majority of car prowls had occurred in the Doug's Beach and Lyle Point parking area.
Since that time, information has been gathered. On Aug. 25, 2003, deputies from the Washington State Parks Department executed a search warrant at 44 Mott Road in Lyle. Much of the stolen property was recovered from the residence.
On Aug. 26, 2003, a 41-year-old was arrested and booked into the Klickitat County Jail for charges ranging from multiple counts of vehicle prowl second degree, theft first and second degree, burglary first degree, and theft of a firearm.
Fred S. Lewis, 20, White Swan, was killed in a vehicle/pedestrian accident on Aug. 29, 2003, at approximately 4:39 a.m. on SR 14 at milepost 114.
According to the report, a 1999 Peterbuilt driven by Thomas R. Matheson, 59, of Idaho, was westbound on SR 14. Lewis had been in a vehicle with three other occupants that had pulled off the side of the highway. Lewis had gotten out of the vehicle and was struck by the semi in the westbound lane of travel.
Lewis was pronouned dead at the scene.
Matheson was not injured in the accident.
The case continues to be investigated by the Washington State Patrol.
A 24-year-old Vancouver resident was transported to Hood River Hospital Monday evening, following a vehicle/motorcycle accident on SR 14 at milepost 41.55.
According to the report, a 1988 Honda Accord driven by Thomas A. Breitenbauch, 33, Washougal, was stopped at a stop sign. A 2001 Suzuki motorcycle driven by Shane M. Skinner, 24, Vancouver, was eastbound on SR 14. Breitenbauch attempted to make a left turn onto westbound SR 14, where he collided with the motorcycle.
Skinner was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident and Breitenbauch was wearing a seatbelt. Breitenbauch was not injured in the accident.