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Search continues for man who disappeared into Troutdale woods


Gresham man crashed car and walked into woods near Sandy River

by: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO: COURTESY OF PETERSEN FAMILY - Kyle Petersen is missing after a single-car crash in Troutdale.Search crews are still looking for Kyle Petersen, who disappeared into the woods Monday night shortly after crashing his Jeep into a guardrail in Troutdale.

According to Lt. Steve Alexander, spokesman at Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office, a second boat was sent out late Thursday morning to troll the Sandy River in search of the 29-year-old Gresham man.

“Its more a matter of exhausting all of our search area,” Alexander said. “We are trying to do as much as we can to locate the individual and make sure he’s safe.”

The crash happened around 8:15 p.m. Monday on Southeast 35th Avenue and Stark Street.

An arriving Troutdale officer spoke with Petersen, who did not appear injured and was cooperating. But, without notice, he walked off into the woods nearby.

He hasn’t been seen since and is considered missing.

“The officer was walking back to his car and he assumed Kyle was following him and he wasn’t,” his mother, Lynn Bauer, told KOIN 6 News. “He turned around and looked and Kyle had just walked into the woods.”

According to police, the officer yelled after him to stop, but Petersen didn’t respond.

Troutdale police local reporters that once an officer loses sight of a subject, it becomes a safety issue. It could become dangerous for the officer.

Rescue crews and tracking dogs have canvassed the area, including the nearby woods and the Sandy River. Family and friends of the man have joined the search.

“I’m going through hell right now,” Bauer said. “I just want to think he’s still out there somewhere and I’m going to find him and he’s somewhere safe and warm.”

She said, “At this point, my son is still missing, and we just want him to come home.”

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Pamplin Media Group.