Update: Search called off for missing Redmond hiker

Ira Thomas Clodfelter - Courtesy
Ira Thomas Clodfelter
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As of 4 p.m. on Thursday, 60 search-and-rescue volunteers from five counties had not located a Redmond man who was last heard from by a friend last Sunday afternoon.

Redmond Police Department spokesman Jim Bove said the search at Rattlesnake Mountain in North Bend has been called off.

"The immediate sources and resources available to investigators have been exhausted and haven’t yielded clues to his whereabouts," Bove said.

"Detectives searched computer forensics and other sources while (volunteers) sifted the area around the trail the last two days. The Redmond Police Investigations Unit will continue to investigate the missing person case until all efforts are exhausted."

Bove said the volunteers were looking for Ira Thomas Clodfelter, 28, since 8 a.m. on Thursday. A rescue helicopter was also on the scene for a while.

Clodfelter failed to show up for work this week, which led his employer to call the police. Clodfelter’s vehicle was located by park rangers on Tuesday night in the trailhead parking lot of Rattlesnake Mountain.

Redmond detectives have learned that Clodfelter made comments recently about going hiking in that area. Bove said detectives discovered that Clodfelter bought a GPS unit on Saturday and purchased water and granola bars on Sunday. Cell phone records note that he last used his phone at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, and Bove added that they are looking into whom Clodfelter called.

"Everything leads us to believe he was there for a hike," Bove said. Detectives also noted that Clodfelter's day pack is missing.

Clodfelter is a white male, 5-foot-4, 125 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. He is last known to be wearing a blue zip-up hooded sweatshirt, blue jean pants and hiking boots.

Redmond Police investigators have learned that Clodfelter suffers from cystic fibrosis but is high functioning. There is also a concern that he suffers from depression. It is unknown whether he has any of his medications with him.

On Wednesday, about 30 volunteers searched for Clodfelter from morning until about 5 p.m.

If anyone has information regarding Clodfelter’s disappearance, contact the Redmond Police Department at (425) 556-2500.


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