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Search continues for naked woman on 'spiritual quest' in SW Washington forest

The search continues for a 19-year-old woman who set out naked on a "spiritual quest" in the woods of southwest Washington.

Crews resumed their search Tuesday in the hunt for Maureen Kelly. The Vancouver woman walked away from a campsite Sunday around 5 p.m. wearing only a fanny pack. A friend reported her missing in the early morning hours of Monday, Skamania County Undersheriff Dave Cox said.

"The only thing she had with her as far as we know is a small fanny pack that may have had a compass and a small knife and maybe some matches in it," he told KIRO Radio.

The campground from where she disappeared is located in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest about 60 miles northeast of Portland. The area is steep with heavy timber and brush, Cox said.

The remote area is familiar to local searchers. "It's a well used forest and we usually have two to three searches a year just for hunters," he said.

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Josh Kerns is an award winning reporter on KIRO Radio 97.3 FM. He covers everything from May Day riots in Seattle to the latest Boeing news.

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