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Deputies searching for missing hiker and three dogs near Laurence Lake

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Deputies tell FOX 12 they’ve called temporarily called off their search for a missing hiker in the Mt. Hood National Forest Friday. It’s simply too dark and too dangerous to continue tonight, according to deputies.

Deputies say David Bullock, 75, and his three dogs were last seen Thursday afternoon. Bullock is an experienced hiker, according to deputies.

Bullock and his wife set foot on a trail near Laurence Lake Thursday afternoon, something deputies say they’ve done time and time again. They reportedly hiked up to the ridge top to have lunch in their special spot.  

Then, deputies say Bullock told his wife he wanted to explore a new area, and dropped off all of his gear with her. He took the couple’s three small dogs with him, and told her he’d be right back. 

Four hours later when he didn’t return and wasn’t answering his phone, his wife called for help, according to deputies.

“His family is scared obviously, they're very nervous, but they still have a lot of hope they’re going to see him walk out anytime,” said Sgt. Pete Hughes with the Hood River County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies say they wasted no time at all knowing how difficult it can be to find someone in this terrain. They immediately searched for him by air and by ground.  

Two dog teams were also called in to sniff out the wooded trail, and searched for any signs of Bullock, according to deputies.

“It’s sad first and foremost, I hope they find him,” said camper Austin Walgraeve.  “So many things that can happen throughout night.”

Friday afternoon, the military’s Blackhawk helicopter joined in on the search equipped with thermal imaging cameras. 

So far, crews say they’ve uncovered no clues to point them in the direction of Bullock or his three dogs. 

“It’s heartbreaking,” said camper Elsa Niemi. “We’ll definitely keep our eyes out for this man who is lost and I hope that he’s okay.”

Deputies say Bullock is dressed in a t-shirt and shorts and has none of his gear with him.  But, because of the warm weather, there’s still a high chance of survivability at this point. 

Crews plan to resume the search for Bullock first thing Saturday morning, according to deputies.

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