Frantic Search Launches for Missing Camper Near State Border

Search for Vancouver Man Near Farewell Bend State Park, close to Idaho-Oregon Border, Continues, according to a news release from the Bakers County Sheriff’s Office earlier on 22 May 2023.

The Baker County Sheriff’s Office Dispatch received a complaint of a missing camper in the Farewell Bend State Park area at around 6:28 a.m. on May 20, 2023. Lan Hung Nguyen (age 40, Vancouver, WA) was reported missing by his friends after he left the campsite at around 10:00 p.m. the night before.

The Baker County Sheriff’s Office Facebook post is embedded below.

The BC Sheriff’s Office sent a marine deputy, a patrol officer, and search and rescue personnel to the scene. About a quarter of a mile north of the park’s main boat ramp was where the camp was set up. When they got there, they did a boat search of the area near the coast.

The hillside surrounding the camp was searched in a grid pattern by ground troops. The area was steep and covered with bushes, and it had a number of shallow gorges. Campmates of Nguyen’s aided in the ground search.

Frantic Search Launches for Missing Camper Near State Border

Deputy Daisy and her handler began searching the surrounding area, including the nearby slope and the beach. Nguyen’s shoes, which had been reported as being near the campsite when he disappeared, were discovered a short distance inland.

The afternoon saw the deployment of a second boat and additional ground teams to aid in the search, including search and rescue air scent K9 Pepper and her handler, Ellen Bishop. The deputies asked those who were boating and camping nearby if they had seen Nguyen, but no one had.

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Nguyen is presumed to have fallen down the hillside and into the water not long after leaving his campground. Marine deputies will keep searching the river for Nguyen.

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