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Story by Kimberly West - The Oregon Herald Oregon Hera
Published on Tuesday March 9, 2010 - 10:18 AM
 
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PORTLAND, Oregon - There are no fresh clues and U.S. Coast Guard helicopter crews have joined in the search for a Portland, Ore., hiker missing near Bonneville Dam in Washington since Thursday. Air crews joined a ground crew of about 50 searchers, some with dogs, looking 24 year old Katherine Huether. She has not been heard from since she sent a text message to a friend on Thursday afternoon. She told a friend she'd be home by 8 p.m. that night. But she did not return as planned and she was reported missing to Portland police Saturday evening.

Huether is believed to have set out from the Pacific Crest trailhead Thursday at about 3 p.m. Her car was found at the trailhead the next morning. Search crews then found a credit card receipt with Huether's name on it near Table Mountain. Christine Dixson, a friend of Huether's, said the receipt was found in an area she didn't expect Huether to reach. "She was going on a quick hike so I don't believe she would go as far as the receipt that was found that evening," Dixson said. Other than the car and receipt, there have been no clues as to Huether's whereabouts. Undersheriff Dave Cox said weather allowed helicopters from the U.S. Coast Guard and the Washington Air National Guard to take part in the search during the daylight on Monday.The conditions Tuesday morning were cloudy with light rain and a temperature of 37 degrees.

The snow level was at 800 feet. "We think we still have a good chance of finding her alive," Cox said Monday night. Searchers said there's a huge area to cover in the rescue operation. "There's a lot of loose rocks covered by a lot of moss," said Bruce Cheshier, a member of the search team. "… We covered a lot of ground.

We walked all day long." About three hours before she (Huether) left the trailhead Thursday, a woman called authorities and reported a man exposing himself in the area. Cox said there's nothing to indicate Huether might be a victim of a crime. Deputies believe she's simply lost. The man who reportedly exposed himself has not found. Huether's roommate, David Danowski, described Katherine as responsible and a "very caring person. At day five, it's getting critical that we really make a move to find her," Danowski said.



Timeline:

3 p.m. Thursday - Huether texted roommates to say she was hiking and would return by 8 p.m.

1 a.m. Friday - Skamania deputy finds her vehicle at the Pacific Crest trailhead at the Bonneville Dam and ran a registration check at that time.

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Saturday night - Portland Police get missing person report filed by family.

9 p.m. Saturday - Skamania officials get notice of missing person and begin search.

2 p.m. Sunday - A hiker finds a credit card receipt with Huether’s name on it near Table Mountain.