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Unsuccessful Wash. search for missing Ore. man

NORTH BONNEVILLE, Wash. – About 30 searchers combed rough Columbia River Gorge terrain on Tuesday without locating a missing Gresham, Ore., man whose truck was found in Washington's Skamania County.

Undersheriff Dave Cox tells the Columbian he's concerned because of a forecast for cold temperatures and snow.

Gresham police say 42-year-old David Mekvold was reported missing by his wife after he failed to come home from work.

Skamania County deputies found Mekvold's gray 1998 Mazda pickup Monday night on a gravel road a half-mile east of Beacon Rock. That's about three miles from North Bonneville, Wash. Shortly before 2 a.m. Tuesday, deputies learned that Mekvold had been reported missing.

Cox says searchers will return to their base at Beacon Rock State Park and try again at daylight Wednesday.

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