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Search for man keeps part of Olympic National Park closed

Olympic National Park
Elaine Thompson
The Associated Press file
The Olympic Mountains are seen beyond the Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center on Hurricane Ridge in the Olympic National Park, near Port Angeles in July 2019.

A search of Olympic National Park for an armed and “potentially dangerous” man has kept parts of the park near Port Angeles closed since Sunday.

The Seattle Times reports Deer Park Road remained closed Tuesday near the park boundary southeast of Port Angeles. Nearby, Hurricane Ridge Road remains closed above the Heart O’ Hills campground.

Park officials closed the roads because of worries about public safety.

As of Tuesday morning, the unidentified man had not been located, said Brian King, chief criminal deputy for the Clallam County Sheriff’s Office. The man was last seen Sunday near a campground site in Deer Park.

A statement from the Sheriff’s Office on Monday evening said the man is “known to be armed,” and added information suggests he “has been using drugs and possibly suffering mental duress.”

Along with county sheriff’s deputies, the National Park Service was getting assistance in the search on federal lands from the FBI.

Updated: August 31, 2021 at 11:18 AM PDT