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Helicopter Searching For Missing Paynesville Man Near Stevens Pass, Washington

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WENATCHEE, Wash. (AP) – The Chelan County sheriff’s office put a helicopter in the air and more than a dozen people on the ground Thursday to search for a man overdue on a snowshoe hike near Stevens Pass in Washington’s North Cascades.

Lt. Maria Agnew says they hope to find Ezra Thompson or at least narrow the search.

The 21-year-old from Paynesville, Minn., left the Nason Creek trailhead on May 25 and was expected Tuesday at Holden Village, a church camp where he had volunteered to clear trails.

Agnew says searchers Wednesday found no tracks, but that’s not surprising because rain has been falling this week. She says there’s a lot of snow in the area, and a high avalanche danger as temperatures warm.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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