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Family of lost Milwaukie hiker keeps hoping for leads

Volunteers are still looking for clues into the disappearance of Gerren Kirk, 31, a Milwaukie man not seen since going on a camping trip near Frog Lake near Mt. Hood this month.

Photo Credit: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Gerren KirkThe Wasco County Sheriff’s Office learned Dec. 8 that Kirk had not returned from the trip, believed to have begun Dec. 3. Those with information are asked to call WCSO at 541-296-5454.

Kirk’s gold Pontiac Grand Am was found at the Frog Lake snowpark parking lot the day after the search began, but teams found no evidence of Kirk’s campsite or Kirk himself from then to Dec. 14. Although WCSO suspended the official search for Kirk Dec. 15, family members still hold out hope that he could be found alive.

Kirk’s grandfather Verne Duncan, a Milwaukie resident and former state superintendent, has taken heart that volunteers are still searching. A receipt for thermal underwear was found in Kirk’s car, so Kirk may have found a way to stay warm, Duncan said.

“The whole drone community is headed up there, and we don’t know if they’ll turn up anything, but we really appreciate the support,” Duncan said. “If anyone finds anything that could be useful to the investigation, they should contact the Wasco County Sheriff’s Office, which has been extremely diligent.”

Duncan especially thanked WCSO Deputy Gavin Marble, an Oregon City High School graduate, who headed up the search effort that included sheriff offices throughout the state and hundreds of volunteers.

A recent graduate of Portland Community College, Kirk recently enrolled in American Public University as a business major while he worked at a Clackamas-area cabinet shop. He has shared joint custody of his daughter Gabriella, 5, with his ex-wife, Kristen, of Beaverton.

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