AMBOY — A daylong search in the dense woods of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest on Saturday failed to turn up any trace of a 19-year-old Vancouver woman who left her campground on Sunday, June 9, and never returned.
The search for Maureen Kelly was called off about 6 p.m. Saturday after about 75 volunteers from 17 search and rescue teams combed a four square mile search area in rugged terrain near Canyon Creek. Communications were coordinated by the Communications Unit from Yacolt Fire District 13.
“We have utilized very professional search and rescue personnel during these operations,” said Skamania County Undersheriff Dave Cox. “They are very well trained and we rely heavily on their expertise to search very difficult terrains in various weather conditions. For us to not be able to locate Ms. Kelly is very frustrating to everyone involved,” Cox said.
One searcher received an ankle injury, and one of the search K-9’s split one of its paws.
“We are very fortunate that we did not receive any more injuries today, based upon the terrain we asked our search personnel to work in,” Cox said. The area was rough and steep with some areas covered in thick underbrush and wet moss, he said.