Man vanishes in woods after crash in Troutdale - WNEM TV 5

Mom of man missing after crash: 'None of this is making any sense'

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A 29-year-old man who walked into the woods after being involved in a crash on Stark Street in Troutdale hasn't been seen since.

Search and rescue crews have scoured the area along the Sandy River since Kyle Peterson vanished Monday night, but they've found no sign of him.

They were back out at the river again Thursday afternoon, near the Lewis & Clark State Park, with sonar equipment.

Troutdale police initially responded to the crash near Stark and 35th streets around 8 p.m. Monday.

As the officer talked with Peterson, he turned and walked away from the officer and headed into a heavily wooded area southeast of the scene.

Knowing the hazardous terrain for which Peterson was headed, the officer repeatedly told Peterson to stop, deputies said, but Peterson kept walking and didn't respond.

Since that night, his family has been out trying to locate Peterson.

"I think any mother or father out there can relate to me. I can't sit still and just wait," said Lynn Bauer, Peterson's mother.

On Wednesday, search teams searched the Sandy River and areas around it.

Peterson's family walked around the area Peterson was last seen in hopes that they would find any leads.

"This is not like him. It's not his character. He's a responsible young man and he has plans. He was going to go to California this week and he had a concert next week. So none of this is making any sense," added Bauer.

Multnomah County sheriff's deputies performed a search of the area with a K-9, but they found no sign of Peterson.

"He's probably one of the most laid back guys that I know. He's easy going and he's willing to come forward when he's done something wrong. This just doesn't seem like him at all," said Riley Hinds, Peterson's longtime friend.

Detectives from Troutdale and Multnomah County are still investigating the case.

Peterson was wearing a gray sweatshirt, dark brown Carhartt pants and a beanie. He has a red beard and stands 6'2" tall and weighs 220 pounds.

Anyone with information about Peterson's whereabouts is asked to call 911 or 503-255-3600.

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