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UPDATE: Search for missing hiker suspended

Search suspended to find 68-year-old man missing above Horsetail Falls -


CONTRIBUTED PHOTO: PORTLAND POLICE BUREAU - Thomas Branch McAdamsLocal responders suspended the search for 68-year-old Tom McAdams Wednesday, Sept. 28, after he went missing hiking in the Columbia River Gorge.

McAdams was reported missing on Saturday, Sept. 24, after his vehicle was discovered at Horsetail Falls. Over 150 search and rescue (SAR) volunteers scoured over 200 miles of trail system, but were unable to find any signs of McAdams.

Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office SAR was joined by the Trail Hornets, Washington County Sheriff’s Office, Marion County Sheriff’s Office, Pacific Northwest SAR, Portland Mountain Rescue, Mountain Wave Communications, Northern Oregon SAR, Hood River County Sheriff’s air unit, Portland Police Bureau Air Support, and the Coast Guard.

McAdams is described as 5-foot-11, 165 pounds, with gray hair and green eyes. Police say he enjoys hiking, but left his regular gear at home and it was unusual for him to be gone overnight. McAdams had been exhibiting signs of memory loss recently.

The McAdams family had offered a statement while the search was ongoing:

"The McAdams family is grateful for the incredible efforts of the Search and Rescue teams, the Multnomah County Sheriff's office and the Portland Police Bureau for their ongoing work in finding Tom. We remain hopeful that he will be found soon. We appreciate the outpouring of support we have received from our community. Many of you have asked what you can do. Please consider making a donation to the Mt. Hood Search and Rescue Council, whose 100% volunteer teams are leading the effort in locating our dad. Please visit www.mthoodsarcouncil.org/index.php/support-mhsarc to donate."

Search efforts for McAdams will resume if a credible lead is found. Anyone who sees him is asked to call 911, while non-emergency information should be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..