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Search and Rescue Teams Search for Missing Man in Packwood

PACKWOOD, Wash. – Lewis County Sheriff’s Office and several Search and Rescue teams are searching for a missing 68 year-old Auburn man. The man left Saturday from his residence in Auburn to pick mushrooms. The Sheriff’s Office received a phone call from the family on Sunday saying he had not returned. The family was unsure where the man was headed and said he could be anywhere between I-90 and Packwood. An attempt to locate was put out for the man, with no success.

Late yesterday afternoon, the vehicle the missing man left in was found on Forest Service Road 4715, approximately five miles northwest of Packwood.

Search and Rescue teams searched for the man for six hours last night. They resumed their search at 0600 hours this morning. Teams from King, Mason, Grays Harbor, and Pacific County assisted Lewis County teams. The teams included ground, 4×4, and K-9 teams. Over 25 members are involved.

Bridge inspections begin on Olympic National Forest

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Engineers from Olympic National Forest will conduct bridge inspections this week through September 12. By law, bridge inspections are required every two years to ensure that the bridges within Olympic National Forest are compliant with National Bridge Inspection Standards. These safety checks are expected to cause delays of up to 60 minutes.

An Under Bridge Inspection Truck will be used to complete the inspections. This specialized piece of equipment has a very long arm that extends under the bridge from the bridge deck. The inspection truck blocks access entirely while the inspection is in progress. The following bridges will be inspected:

  • Lower Canyon River Bridge, on Forest Service Road 2368 
  • Humptulips Gorge Bridge, on Forest Service Road 2204 
  • Middle Matheny Bridge, on Forest Service Road 2160080 
  • South Fork Calawah Bridge, on Forest Service Road 2932000 
  • Sitkum Gorge Bridge, on Forest Service Road 2900070 
  • South Fork Soleduck Bridge, on Forest Service Road 2918000 
  • Dungeness Forks Bridge, on Forest Service Road 2880000 
  • Church Creek Bridge, on Forest Service Road 2361000 
  • South Fork Skokomish Bridge, on Forest Service Road 2353000 
  • Skokomish Gorge Bridge, also known as the High Steel Bridge, on Forest Service Road 2340000