Search resumes for woman on 'spiritual quest'

Search resumes for woman on 'spiritual quest'

Search resumes for woman on 'spiritual quest'

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by Associated Press and KGW.com

KING5.com

Posted on June 15, 2013 at 3:54 PM

Updated Saturday, Jun 15 at 4:12 PM

STEVENSON, Wash. - Searchers have resumed looking for a Vancouver woman who set out naked in a forest on a spiritual quest last weekend.

Nineteen-year-old Maureen Kelly walked away from the Canyon Creek Campground just after 5 p.m. on June 9 carrying only a knife and a fanny pack. She was reported overdue before daylight Monday.

Rescuers combed the area Monday and Tuesday but found no signs of Kelly, other than some bare footprints near a creek. They temporarily suspended the search Tuesday evening.

Skamania County Undersheriff Dave Cox told a news conference Saturday morning that authorities have no reason to think she couldn't have survived this long.

"Earlier in the week, of course, we had the weather move in, and in the evenings, it was in the mid-to-lower 40s with rain, so we are concerned about how she's doing as far as surviving," Cox said.

About 75 volunteers were taking part in the search Saturday. They left from a command post at the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument headquarters in Amboy.

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