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Search Could Resume For Woman Lost In Washington State Forest

STEVENSON, Wash. (AP) - Although a search was suspended Tuesday for a Vancouver woman who set out naked in a forest Sunday on a spiritual quest, the Skamania County sheriff's office says the search could resume this weekend.
    
Undersheriff Dave Cox says deputies are still driving roads in the Canyon Creek area of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. Officials will decide Friday whether to send out searchers Saturday when more volunteers are available.
    
Cox says searchers have already covered 3 square miles of timber and brush looking for 19-year-old Maureen Kelly. She left a campground wearing only a fanny pack with a compass and knife. She wasn't even wearing shoes.
    
Friends told officials Kelly's quest was to free herself from her ego and connect with nature.

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STEVENSON, Wash. (AP) - The Skamania County sheriff's office says searchers will try again Tuesday to find a Vancouver, Wash., woman who reportedly set out naked on what was described as a spiritual quest in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest of southwest Washington.
    
The sheriff's office says 19-year-old Maureen Kelly of Vancouver was reported overdue early Monday, when she failed to return after leaving the Canyon Creek Campground about 5 p.m. Sunday.
    
Undersheriff Dave Cox said search teams including two dog teams were unable to find Kelly on Monday.
    
She was reported to be wearing only a fanny pack with a compass and a knife. The Canyon Creek area is steep with heavy timber and brush.

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STEVENSON, Wash. (AP) - The Skamania County sheriff's office says searchers are hoping to find a missing Vancouver woman Monday before she spends a second night in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest of southwest Washington.
    
The sheriff's office says 19-year-old Maureen Kelly of Vancouver was reported overdue early Monday, just after midnight, when she failed to return from a Sunday evening spiritual quest.
    
She was reported to be naked, wearing only a fanny pack with a compass and a knife when she left the Canyon Creek Campground. The Canyon Creek area is steep with heavy timber and brush.

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STEVENSON, Wash. (AP) - Deputies are searching for a woman missing in a southwest Washington national forest who is naked because she was going on a spiritual quest.
    
Skamania County Undersheriff Dave Cox told The Columbian (http://bit.ly/190wKfW ) the 19-year-old Vancouver woman was wearing only a fanny pack with a compass and a knife about 5 p.m. Sunday when she left the Canyon Creek Campground in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest.
    
She was supposed to return that night. A friend reported her missing around midnight.
    
Cox says the weather in the area has been mild with overnight temperatures in the lower 50s.
    

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