Sheriff's Office: Identity of Pacific Crest flasher still unknown

The trail head where the search continues for missing Portland hiker Katherine Heuther.
The trail head in the area where the search continues for missing Portland hiker Katherine Heuther.

STEVENSON, Wash. – As the search continues for Portland hiker Kate Huether, feared missing somewhere off the Pacific Crest Trail, new information surfaced on the man who reportedly flashed someone on the trail the same day Heuther disappeared.

KATU had received a report that Skamania County Undersheriff Dave Cox said the sheriff’s office "is familiar" with the man described as the flasher. We reported that Cox said they have not located the man, but that Cox does not believe this man is involved in Kate’s disappearance.

However, late Wednesday afternoon, officials in the field said they do not know the flasher and only have a suspect description. 

In Wednesday's search, crews are scouring some of the same areas they’ve already covered, plus higher elevations. Since the cloud cover is lower than it was on Tuesday there is less chance of helicopters getting up to join the search effort by air.  On Tuesday sheriff's divers also searched Gillette Lake;  no additional clues were found there.

Heuther's father, Robert Heuther, will be back on the scene Wednesday, Cox said. The father is reportedly not participating in the search due to a torn Anterior Cruciate Ligament – an injury he had before flying into Washington for a press conference Tuesday.

His daughter was last heard from on Thursday when she texted a friend that she was at the Pacific Crest trail head. He car was found at the trail head, and a credit card receipt with Kate Heuther's name on it was found down the trail, about four miles north of Bonneville Dam.