Search continues for hiker

Missing man believed to have entered Duckabush River

Joshua Guerrier.

Joshua Guerrier.

BRINNON — Several agencies were involved in a search-and-rescue operation Tuesday in the Ranger Hole Trailhead area near Brinnon, looking for a hiker reported missing Monday afternoon.

The hiker has been identified as Joshua Guerrier, 28, of Olympia and a missing person notice was released Tuesday afternoon on the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page.

Guerrier is described as Black, 6 feet, 2 inches tall, weighing 220 pounds and wearing a beard.

Detective Sgt. Brett Anglin of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office said search operations Tuesday had yielded no results and that searches using drones would likely continue today.

“We are searching possible locations,” Anglin said. “If he is to be found, obviously our hope is that he is still alive in the area somewhere.”

Anglin said that at about 3 p.m. Monday, two hikers reported finding a pile of clothes next to the Duckabush River, as well as a tethered dog and a phone that appeared to be recording.

But there was no one in the area.

“The scene indicated the subject may have dove into the water, which is very high and swift at this time of year, and frigid,” Anglin said.

Anglin said the site has been the subject of previous search-and-rescue operations.

Monday afternoon, officials from Jefferson and Pierce counties conducted a search by foot, helicopter and drone, Anglin said, but they found no trace of the hiker.

Center Valley Animal Rescue assisted with recovering the subject’s dog, according to the sheriff’s office.

On Tuesday, sheriff’s office and Jefferson Search and Rescue team members were searching the area with assistance from underwater teams from Pierce County Search and Rescue and swift water kayak teams from Clallam County Fire District 3.

The Tacoma Police Department also aided in the search, Anglin said.

Anyone with information on Guerrier’s whereabouts is asked to contact Anglin at or 360-344-9762.


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