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Crews search for Beaverton hiker on Table Mountain

Search and rescue teams in Skamania County, Wash., are looking for Melvin Burtch, a hiker who went missing on Table Mountain Wednesday.

The 31-year-old Beaverton man had 2 dogs with him, but they were found at his car Wednesday morning at the Bonneville Hot Springs. According to the sheriff, there is no indication that he made it back to his car.

The owner of the dogs is a friend of Burtch, who told deputies he sent her a photo from the top of the mountain on Tuesday around 2 p.m.

That was the last time Burtch was in contact with anyone but deputies said his phone is still transmitting a signal that indicates the phone is still on Table Mountain.

The team is searching Table Mountain and the surrounding area. Heavy rain and wind is making the search effort more challenging. The Skamania County Sheriff’s Office said the search will be suspended Wednesday evening to resume at daylight Thursday.

Editor's note: This story originally appeared on the website of KOIN 6 News, The Times' media affiliate.