Hunter missing near Forlorn Lakes since Saturday

37-year-old Joel Presler's car was found

A Skamania County Sheriff's Department vehicle. (KOIN)
A Skamania County Sheriff's Department vehicle. (KOIN)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A 37-year-old hunter from Vancouver has been missing in the Forlorn Lakes area of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest since Saturday.

Officials say that Joel Presler’s 2004 Ford pickup was found on forest road 6035 on Wednesday.

There was approximately 24 inches of snow in the area the pickup was found and Thursday’s forecast calls for an additional 6 to 10 inches.

Search efforts will include ground teams in the Indian Heaven Wilderness and snowmobile teams covering the roads north and east of Forlorn Lakes.

Presler’s family told officials he is familiar with the area and likely wouldn’t hike in and camp away from his car.