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UPDATE: Search concludes for Kenny Lee Landreth, 45, who was last seen alive Saturday. Foul play is not suspected.

COURTESY OF THE COLUMBIA COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE - The Columbia County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue team convenes.

UPDATE: Searchers have located the body of missing St. Helens resident Kenny Landreth.

Rescue crews located the 45-year-old's corpse in a "hard-to-access" area filled with thick brush and undergrowth around 4 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 31 — marking a grim conclusion for the six-day-long hunt.

The Columbia County Sheriff's Office continues to investigate, but deputies say there are no indicators of foul play at this time.

CCSO issued its condolences and thanked Warren Community Fellowship for use of their building as a makeshift command post during the mission.

The Landreth family has asked for privacy at this time, authorities say.

Read our previous report below:

COURTESY OF THE COLUMBIA COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE - Kenny LandrethColumbia County Sheriff's Deputies and CCSO's Search and Rescue team are searching for a St. Helens man who was reported missing on Sunday.

Kenny Landreth, 45, was last seen on Saturday night at 10:20 p.m. on Viewcrest Drive, above Fullerton Road in Warren.

He was last seen wearing Levis, a grey sweatshirt, grey or black tennis shoes and a dark colored hat, according to a missing person flier shared by the Sheriff's Office.

Sheriff Brian Pixley said Landreth has medical issues that elevated the concern, but said he could not share more details.

"He has not been heard from since and that was not like him," Pixley said.

Law enforcement are requesting that anyone in the area checks around their property for any sign of Landreth or review footage from any security cameras.

The Sheriff's Office deployed its Search and Rescue team at the request of the St. Helens Police Department, Pixley said.

More than 20 people were searching for Landreth by Monday afternoon. Washington County is slated to send searchers on Tuesday, Pixley said.

The team will conduct searches on foot and horseback in the rural area where Landreth was last seen. The Sheriff's Office deployed a drone from Scappoose Fire District on Monday, but by early afternoon it was recharging while searchers waited for rough weather conditions to subside.

Anyone with information concerning Landreth's whereabouts is asked to contact law enforcement at the non-emergency number, 503-397-1521. Anyone who spots Landreth should call 911.

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