UPDATE: Search for missing hiker suspended
Search suspended to find 68-year-old man missing above Horsetail Falls -
Local 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 Sheriffs Office SAR was joined by the Trail Hornets, Washington County Sheriffs Office, Marion County Sheriffs Office, Pacific Northwest SAR, Portland Mountain Rescue, Mountain Wave Communications, Northern Oregon SAR, Hood River County Sheriffs 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."