Search for lost hunter set to resume Monday in Skamania County



The search for an overdue hunter in Skamania County is expected to continue at daybreak Monday, Undersheriff Dave Cox said Sunday night.

David Sherwood, 56, of Onalaska was reported overdue on Friday night by his son, Cox said. Sherwood was on an elk hunting trip in the Ryan Lake area, north of Mount St. Helens, Cox said.

In a press release, Cox wrote: “Sherwood’s vehicle was found midday Saturday on a spur road off the Forest Service 2612 road and search and rescue resources were immediately requested through the Washington State Department of Emergency Management. Search efforts in the area of the vehicle were coordinated throughout the night. (Sunday) morning, approximately 78 friends, family, and official Search and Rescue teams methodically searched the area until the search was suspended at approximately 7 p.m.”

Heavy snow at times and limited visibility hampered the search, and the area is heavily timbered and in steep terrain, Cox said.

Search efforts will resume at the Ryan Lake Trailhead on the FS 2612 road.

“I have been advised by our search and rescue coordinator that we have requested an additional 20 ground searchers for first light in the morning,” Cox said. “Additional resource requests for aircraft support have also been made, although their use will be heavily weather dependent.”