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Search suspended for missing naked woman in the woods

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Maureen Kelly, 19, is from Vancouver, WA. Maureen Kelly, 19, is from Vancouver, WA.
The Canyon Creek area is steep and mountainous with heavy timber and brush.  (Photo: AIR 12) The Canyon Creek area is steep and mountainous with heavy timber and brush. (Photo: AIR 12)
The campground from which she disappeared is located in Gifford Pinchot National Forest and it's about 60 miles northeast of Portland. (Photo: AIR 12) The campground from which she disappeared is located in Gifford Pinchot National Forest and it's about 60 miles northeast of Portland. (Photo: AIR 12)
YACOLT, WA (KPTV) -

The search for a 19-year-old woman wearing nothing but a fanny pack in the woods of Washington state will be suspended until the end of the week.

Skamania County deputies said search operations would be stopped at 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Maureen Kelly, from Vancouver, set out on a "spiritual quest" and walked away from a campsite at Canyon Creek Campground on Sunday around 5 p.m. A friend reported her missing in the early morning hours Monday, said Skamania County Undersheriff Dave Cox.

There is no set timeline for resuming the search mission.

"Twelve 4x4 Search teams searched the area again today and we were unable to locate Ms. Kelly," said Sheriff Dave Brown. "They found nothing that is related to this search and rescue mission. We will have deputies continue to check the area for the next couple of days and at that time we will reevaluate our options if Ms. Kelly does not return from her spiritual quest".

Kelly was only wearing a fanny pack, which had a small knife and a compass inside, and perhaps some other items. She was otherwise naked and, though it has been mild, not prepared for the elements.

While Kelly's brother described her as comfortable and capable with the outdoors, he said she's not as prepared as he would have liked.

He's concerned with the way she left and that she didn't tell anyone about when she planned to return.

Other campers also expressed concern. The Canyon Creek area is steep and mountainous with heavy timber and brush.

"It's super cold at night and without clothes. I really don't see how it's possible," said camper Liz Newland.

"There are bears out here, mountain lions, there's any number of things that could get you out here. Landslides are prominent out here," said another camper, Jessica Herman.

Cox said temperatures were mild from Sunday to Monday, and ground search teams looked for Kelly until it got too dark.

The campground from which she disappeared is located in Gifford Pinchot National Forest and it's about 60 miles northeast of Portland.

Search crews said Kelly crossed a creek and climbed up to Forest Road 54, on the other side of the canyon from the campground.

"Where she entered the creek is amazingly steep. It's called Canyon Creek Campground for a reason," said Sharon Ward, with Pacific Crest Search Dogs. "It's very, very steep. So how she got down there barefoot is a wonder. And how she came up out of the bottom is a wonder."

Ward said Kelly's track stopped on the paved road, so search crews spent much of the day trying to find where she may have left the pavement and entered the woods.

It is unknown whether she may be on a road or trail in the area or if she is moving cross country.

Skamania County had requested additional resources from the Washington and Oregon departments of emergency management.

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