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Search crews find more clues on missing hiker’s whereabouts

The search for Nathan Mitchell continued in the Wildwood Recreation Area on Oct. 23, 2017. (SBG photo)

WELCHES, Ore. – Search crews located a rain cover from a missing hiker’s backpack five miles from where they found his car at the Wildwood Recreation Area Monday.

Nathan Mitchell, 34, was reported missing early Sunday morning.

At 1:45 a.m., Mitchell’s father contacted the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office to report his son was overdue from a hike.

Search and Rescue crews began looking for him. They located his vehicle later in the day Sunday at the Wildwood Recreation Area in Welches, Ore.

Crews from Mountain Wave Search and Rescue, Pacific Northwest Search and Rescue, Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office Explorer Post, U.S. Forest Service, Oregon Army National Guard, Oregon Air Force Reserve and K-9 teams combed the area for him.

During their search Monday, they were able to identify the locations where Mitchell took the photos he sent to friends.

They also found a rain cover from Mitchell’s Backpack. They found the rain cover approximately five miles from his car.

The search for Mitchell will continue Tuesday.

Currently, teams are searching an approximately 40-square-mile area in the Salmon Huckleberry Wilderness.

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