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If you live in the North Bend area, you may hear low-flying helicopters again today, July 9th. Those helicopters are searching for a missing hiker.
Search and rescue teams and helicopters are expected to continue their search today for 50-year-old missing hiker, John Wright. Wright, a Pierce County resident, came to hike the Middle Fork trails near North Bend (supposedly to Green Mountain) on Friday. Helicopters and about 50 volunteers spent the weekend searching for the missing man.
According to Komo News, “Searchers began combing the foothills Saturday morning after authorities picked up a ping on Wright’s cell phone in the Cedar Falls watershed area off Interstate 90.”
Wright’s SUV was found Saturday afternoon at the trailhead near the Middle Fork of the Snoqualmie River. Car windows were broken out so search dogs could pick up Wright’s scent, but were still not able to locate him on Saturday.
The King County Sheriff’s Office said the search was expanded on Sunday after a credible report from a another hiker who reported talking to Wright on the trail, who said he was heading to Green Mountain.
According to news reports, Wright’s wife says he is an experienced hiker and carries necessities – head lamp, thermal blanket, extra food and water – but he does not have an emergency beacon or GPS.
This story will be updated as new information comes in.