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Search suspended for Kentucky man missing in Washington

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Gifford Pinchot National Forest (Photo: fs.usda.gov)

STEVENSON, Wash. (AP) — Officials have called off their search for a Kentucky man who was last seen a month ago in Washington state.

The Skamania County Sheriff’s office says 39-year-old Glenn “Austin” Oldfield, of Louisville, Kentucky, had planned a two-week-long camping trip in southwest Washington. His girlfriend last heard from him on Sept. 17 by text message, and a pair of hunters reported seeing him two days later near Lone Butte in Gifford Pinchot National Forest.

Sheriff Dave Brown said Oldfield told the hunters he was lost, but when they offered to show him the way to the road, he turned and ran the opposite direction.

Brown said Monday that about 50 people spent the weekend searching an area near where a car and campsite were found. He says deputies will continue posting flyers to alert people to Oldfield’s disappearance.