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Lyle man reported missing

Report from Skamania County Sheriff's Office

Coordinated search efforts by the Skamania County Sheriff's Office have been discontinued for a 50-year-old Lyle man missing since Thursday, May 25, in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest.

The search for Dwight Kipp, has been suspended after a very concentrated search effort Saturday produced no additional clues as to Kipp's whereabouts.

The search Saturday involved an approximate six square mile area around the point last seen, approximately 35 miles north east of Carson. It involved 30 ground searchers with snow shoes and one K9 unit.

Search teams included members from Wind River Search and Rescue, Olympic Mountain Rescue, Kitsap County Search and Rescue, Seattle Mountain Rescue, Clark County Fire District 13 Volcano Rescue Team, and Silver Star Search and Rescue.

Search efforts were initially postponed on Thursday, June 1, pending additional investigation into the disappearance of Kipp.

Search efforts began in the morning hours of May 30 for Kipp, who had reportedly tried to walk out from a vehicle that was stuck in the snow north of the Lone Butte area of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest.

Kipp was with two friends in a vehicle that was stuck in the snow north of the Lone Butte area of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. On Friday, since help did not come, his two friends reportedly walked out to contact a tow truck. His friends reported him missing to the sheriff's office at 8:30 p.m.

Skamania County deputies, searchers from Wind River Search and rescue, and an aircraft from the Hood River County Sheriff's Office, have participated in the search.

The search area consisted of approximately 24 square miles including the entire road system and has been extensively searched by both ground and air units. Search teams have been unsuccessful to this point on recovering any trace of Kipp's whereabouts.

The vehicle, a 2004 Ford Ranger Pickup, was located northeast of Lone Butte Tuesday, May 30, at about 3 p.m.

Authorities will reevaluate additional information received today for further action on this case.

Skamania County is asking that anyone who may have seen or had contact with Kipp over the past week to contact Skamania County Sheriff's Office Detective Summer Scheyer at 427-9490.


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