Ore. searchers think missing family trio spotted
Monday, January 2, 2012
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Rescue workers say they've spotted three people afoot in the Mount Hood National Forest, and based on their location and appearance, they're believed to be a snowshoeing party missing overnight.
Sgt. James Rhodes of the Clackamas County sheriff's office says an aircraft saw the three people Tuesday afternoon near Timothy Lake Dam.
He says communication couldn't immediately be established, and rescue workers in vehicles were dispatched to the dam, whose lake is a recreation area.
Rhodes said the figures appeared to be an adult and two young people.
Search crews have been looking since Monday night for 33-year-old Stewart Schmidt of Lake Oswego, 15-year-old son Gabriel McCoy and 6-year-old daughter Aidan Schmidt.