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Ground searches planned for missing woman, man

SEATTLE (AP) — An air search for a young Oregon woman hiking the Pacific Crest Trail in southwest Washington has expanded into a new county while a separate air search farther south found no signs of a missing Portland, Ore. man.

Alejandra Wilson’s father reported the 23-year-old Portland woman overdue for a check-in last Monday. A search of the trail in Skamania County found no trace of her so the search moved Friday to Yakima County.

Yakima County sheriff’s Sgt. George Town says hopes were raised when tracks were spotted in the snow in the Goat Rocks wilderness about 15 miles south of White Pass. A Coast Guard helicopter crew landed Friday and talked to a male hiker, who said he’s encountered four other hikers in the area — none of them Wilson.

Town says more than 20 “experienced mountaineering folks” plan a ground search Saturday in the Goat Rocks area.

Skamania County Undersheriff Dave Cox says a helicopter searched crevasses and tree wells Friday in the Big Lava Beds area of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest where 31-year-old Kristopher Zitzewitz was last seen Sept. 28.

Cox says another ground search is planned Saturday in “very rugged” areas of the lava beds.

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