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Crews suspend search of Puyallup River for missing rafter

UPDATE, 3:53 p.m.: Sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer identifies missing man as Austin Smith of South Hill.

UPDATE, 11:25 a.m.: Lt. Cindy Fajardo, the official in charge of the Pierce County search and rescue team, said the ground search has been suspended due to fast-moving currents and very low visibility in the Puyallup River.

“It is treacherous,” she said.

The search teams had experienced some difficulties with debris in the river from mountain runoff as a result of this week’s heat wave.

Fajardo estimated the search teams may not be able to continue the search for a couple of weeks, and

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Puyallup police dog finds felon hiding under mobile home porch

A Puyallup police dog led officers to a wanted felon hiding beneath a mobile home porch early this morning.

The dog, Maverick, was assisting Pierce County sheriff’s deputies find the felon, who was believed to be in the Meridian Mobile Estates in the 200 block of Meridian Avenue Southeast.

When police knocked on his trailer about 1 a.m., the man fled. Maverick and his handler were called in and the dog tracked the felon to a nearby mobile home, where he was found hiding under the porch.

The man was taken into custody.


UPDATED: Two stranded snowboarders located on Mount Rainier

UPDATE as of 4 p.m.: The men were reunited with their families about 3:30 p.m., and are having a “hearty meal” at the National Park Inn, park spokesman Kevin Bacher said.

UPDATE as of 12:33 p.m.: The men were found in the Upper Stevens Creek drainage about 11 a.m. Rescuers were warming them up with hot liquids while assessing the best way to get them off the mountain, park officials said.

“We are relieved to have found Derek and Thomas,” incident commander Stefan Lofgren said. “The health and safety of not only our lost subjects but all of our searchers has

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UPDATED: Two snowboarders stuck in storm on Mount Rainier

UPDATE3: The search was called off at 7 p.m. due to nightfall and the poor weather. Efforts will resume at first light, park spokesman Kevin Bacher said.

UPDATE2: Rescue teams believe they’ve found the two snowboarders who spent the night on Mount Rainier. Crews got to within a half mile of two men on Paradise Glacier this afternoon and were attempting to reach them about 3:45 p.m., park spokesman Kevin Bacher said.

UPDATE: Snowboarders Derek Tyndall and Thomas Dale called 911 about 4:30 p.m. Sunday to say they were lost in blizzard-like conditions on Mount Rainier.

The pair apparently dug

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UPDATED: Missing mushroom picker found in Randle

UPDATE as of 10:06 a.m.: The missing mushroom picker was found about 9:30 a.m. walking five miles from where he was last seen.

The man was cold and wet but does not require medical treatment, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. He told crews he lit a fire to stay warm overnight.

INITIAL POST: A search is underway in Randle for a 50-year-old mushroom picker who went missing Wednesday on Lone Tree Mountain.

The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office has not identified the missing man other than to say he is from Packwood.

After three hours of picking mushrooms, the

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Inmate convicted of vehicular assault in Thurston County escapes from Monroe Correctional Complex

The Department of Corrections is searching for a 37-year-old inmate who escaped Wednesday night from Monroe Correctional Complex.

Officials said Brandon Musto, who was convicted in Thurston County for vehicular assault, only had three months left in a minimum security unit and was found missing about 9 p.m.

He apparently went over a fence, although officials are checking video as they investigate exactly how he got out and whether he had any help, spokesman Chad Lewis said.

A search team was immediately sent out to look for Musto and local law enforcement agencies were notified.

Musto began serving his sentence

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UPDATE: Tacoma mushroom picker found after two days

UPDATE as of 2:18 p.m. Yang was found safe this afternoon and is being taken to a hospital to get checked out.

INITIAL POST: A search resumed this morning for a 79-year-old Tacoma man who went missing Sunday morning while mushroom picking in a heavily forested area south of Randle.

About 30 volunteers from various rescue teams are looking for Dapeng Yang, whose family reported him missing after they became separated off of Forest Service Road 26 near Strawberry Mountain.

Yang is an experienced hiker and had water and a backpack with him, but he was not prepared to

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Deputies search for elderly woman missing from Spanaway care home

Deputies are looking for a 76-year-old woman missing from a Spanaway adult family home, according to the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department.

She was last seen about 4 p.m. at the facility in the 19800 block of 16th Avenue Court East, employees at the home told deputies.

The woman has possible mental health issues and uses a walker, according to the sheriff’s department.

She was last seen wearing a black jacket and olive green pants and is described as a white female.

Search and Rescue personnel are on scene looking for the woman.