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Man still missing after crash, family planning private search

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TROUTDALE, OR (KPTV) -

It's been four days since Kyle Peterson, 29, disappeared after crashing his car in Troutdale.

Peterson's family released a statement late Friday afternoon to say they brought in a professional search team from International K-9 Search and Rescue services with two search dogs. The family says the two dogs indicated there were human remains in the Sandy River, but nothing has been found so far.

Meanwhile, the police report from that night is giving a little more insight as to what happened just before Peterson walked away into a wooded area.

The 911 calls were released from the accident that happened on Monday night at Southeast Stark and 35th.

Neighbors heard a loud bang and called police.

"Yes, I'm calling to report, well I know it's an accident but I'm not sure what's happening," said one caller to 911.

At the crash site, the mangled guard rail shows the spot where Peterson ran off the road and ended up in some trees.

"I don't know what he's doing but it looks like he was going to drive right off the edge," added the caller.

According to the police report, a neighbor who checked on Peterson, described him as being rattled.

That neighbor told Peterson that he had hit the guard rail and that's when Peterson replied, "it saved my life."

Dash cam video from Troutdale police the night of the crash, shows the first officer arriving in the area.

The video doesn't show it but that officer spoke with Peterson and determined he was OK. The officer said Peterson appeared a little distant and confused but considered it a normal reaction after someone had just been involved in a crash.

"There was no signs of distress, nothing to lead us to believe there was anything going on other than he was just involved in an accident," said Sgt. Carey Kaer, with the Troutdale Police Department.

According to the crash report, Peterson told the officer he was looking at his cell phone when he crashed.

His jeep ended up stuck on a log.

Police said Peterson tried to get the jeep out by putting it in reverse and gunning the engine. However; they say he did it just as the officer was standing next to it.

That startled the officer.

"There was no crime that was committed and obviously were concerned for his safety," added Sgt. Kaer.

A few minutes later, police say Peterson got out of his jeep and started walking away into a wooded area.

The officer yelled for him to stop but he continued through the woods.

"He's got on brown Carhart pants. He's got a clipped knife in a pocket. Gray sweatshirt and he's got on a beanie. He's got a red beard and his name's Kyle," said one officer over the police radio as the dash cam video continued to record.

Other officers arrived including a K-9 which was able to track through the area for a short time, but stopped at a drop off.

A continued search turned up nothing.

Video: Raw dash cam video from scene of crash, disappearance
Video: Police report, 911 calls in Kyle Peterson case

"Nothing makes sense, he's just vanished into thin air," said Lynn Bauer, Peterson's mom, as she spoke to the media on Thursday.

She said all they can do is wait for any signs that will lead them to Peterson.

The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office has concluded its searches for now, saying, it will follow up on any new leads or tips it receives.

Those tips and sightings of Peterson continue to come into the sheriff's office.

Officials say one of those tips is checked out, but so far there have been no signs of Peterson.

The family is organizing a private ground search on Saturday, March 1, at 10 a.m. They are asking for volunteers to help with the search.

Family statement:

"Volunteers must be 18 or older. Part of the search area is composed of rough terrain so volunteers should be warned that searching could be physically demanding. Volunteers should be properly dressed for the elements i.e. heavy jackets, boots, gloves and hats. Any volunteers searching within 10 feet of the waters edge is required to have a life vest. Volunteers will need to bring a photo ID so they can be checked in and out.

The meeting place will be at the Troutdale Market Center on the corner of SE Stark Street and Troutdale Road at 10 a.m.

The family would like to extend their deepest appreciation for the outpouring of community support. We have been overwhelmed by the generosity and compassion from those who have been touched by his story. We continue to pray for Kyle's safe return."

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