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Naked Vancouver woman missing in a Skamania forest

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SKAMANIA COUNTY, WA (KPTV) -

A 19-year old Vancouver woman is still missing.

The Skamania County Sheriff's Office said Maureen Kelly disappeared Sunday night near the Canyon Creek Campground in the Gifford Pinchot Forest.

She had no clothes and no gear - just a fanny pack with a few small items inside.

Kelly's brother said Maureen Kelly had left on a spiritual quest Sunday afternoon.

Search and rescue crews suspended their effort at around 8 Monday night and plan on resuming Tuesday morning.

Early Monday they combed the area near Forest Road 54 and found her tracks.

They said her bare feet went down a steep canyon into a creek then out the other side, but that's where her trail ended.

Though weather conditions were considered mild, it was still a harsh environment for a young woman to survive, especially alone.

"It's super cold at night and without clothes. I really don't see how it's possible," camper Liz Newland said.

"There are bears out here, mountain lion, there's any number of things that could get you out here. Landslides are prominent out here," another camper, Jessica Herman, said.

The undersheriff said all Kelly had in her fanny pack was a small knife, a compass and maybe a few other items.

Kelly's brother says that while Maureen is comfortable and capable with the outdoors, she's not as prepared as he would've liked.

He's concerned with the way she had left, without telling anyone of when she was to return.

Skamania County has requested additional resources from the Washington and Oregon departments of emergency management.

They're also asking anyone who may have seen Kelly to give them a call.

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