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Search continues for missing Hillsboro man

John Hill, 37, never returned after leaving Saturday for a bow hunting trip out to Columbia County


The search continues for a 37-year-old Hillsboro man, who was reported missing Sunday afternoon after he never returned from a hunting outage.

According to the Columbia County Sheriff's Office, John Hill left his home alone Saturday to go bow hunting, but never returned. His gray Dodge pickup truck was found on North Wolf Creek Road off Highway 26.

A sheriff's news release indicates Hill called his family Saturday night and again around 7 a.m. Sunday. Family members said they talked to Hill again around 9:30 a.m. Sunday, but said he “sounded disoriented,” and haven't seen or heard from him since.

Both Washington and Columbia County Sheriff's personnel launched a search effort near Timber Road, southwest of Vernonia, but focused the search further west after spotting Hill's truck.

“Search and Rescue canines from Yamhill County combed the brush and wooded landscape in the area around the located pickup truck,” the release stated. “A National Guard helicopter added air support into the evening hours, also.”

Search crews remained on scene overnight and vowed to pick up operations again in the morning.

Columbia County Sheriff Jeff Dickerson confirmed Monday afternoon that search teams from Multnomah, Washington, Clatsop and Columbia counties were involved in an ongoing search. Oregon State Police are also involved, with crews searching by helicopter and foot.

"We're way up Highway 26 at the very edge of Columbia County,” Dickerson said. "It's a very big operation."

It's unclear whether Hill had ever been to or hunted in that area before.

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