Search for missing hiker suspended near Mount St. Helens

Mount St. Helens. (KATU File Photo)

VANCOUVER, Wash. — Authorities say the search for a 19-year-old hiker missing near Mount St. Helens since last week has been suspended.

The Skamania County Sheriff's Office says rescue teams looking for Garrett Canada, of Kelso, found indications that he may have entered the water near or past a waterfall in the Lava Canyon area, about six miles east of Mount St. Helens.

The Columbian newspaper reported that Canada was hiking with a friend who reporting him missing the evening of Oct. 15 after the two became separated. The two were hiking on the Lava Canyon Trail.

The sheriff's office said the friend waited at the car for Canada. When he didn't show up she found a ride to the town of Cougar to call for help.

Search teams, dive crews, a drone and a helicopter searched the area Wednesday and Thursday. They found more evidence that Canada may have ended up in the water.

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