Sonar search does not find driver, 29

TROUTDALE, Ore. (KOIN) — The search continued Thursday for a 29-year-old man who hasn’t been seen since he crashed into a guardrail around 8:15 p.m. Monday.

Kyle Peterson did not appear to be injured and was cooperating with officers who arrived after the crash. But, without notice, he walked off into the woods and hasn’t been seen since.

Search and rescue crews spent the day scouring the Sandy River using a multi-beam sonar that provides a better underwater view. They did not find anything.

Sgt. Carey Kauer with the Troutdale police told KOIN 6 News Peterson was cooperating when he walked away. Kauer said once the officer lost sight of Peterson, officer safety issues arose — which is why the officers did not immediately chase after him.

The timeline shows a witness called 911 at 8:15 p.m. Four minutes later the first officer arrived at the scene and made contact with Peterson.

At 8:24 p.m. Peterson walked into the woods near the scene of the crash  at SE 35th and Stark. One minute after that, Verizon Wireless said Petersen’s cell phone was shut off.

His family remains hopeful he will be found alive and well.

KOIN 6 News will continue to follow this story.

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