PORT ANGELES — A search for a 21-year-old father and his 1-year-old daughter has been launched after their car was found abandoned on a remote logging road on the Olympic Peninsula, the Clallam County Undersheriff said.
The Peninsula Daily News reports that Jared T. Egnew and Madison E. Egnew were reported missing Friday night by family after Egnew did not come back from a drive to calm down the baby girl, who had been crying.
The family had been living at the Lyre River campground, west of Port Angeles.
Clallam County Undersheriff Ron Peregrin said there were no signs of a dispute in the family. Egnew took the baby around 11 a.m. Friday.
“And he never came home,” Peregrin said. “When we find the car abandoned like that, we become worried. Now they’re exposed to the elements and that’s what really kicked our search into a higher gear.”
Egnew’s wife, Kayla A. McComb, began calling friends and family in the afternoon after her husband didn’t come back. The family, then, contacted authorities, the sheriff’s office said.
Deputies searched all night for the car, and found it Saturday morning on a logging road three miles south of Highway 112. Deputies found the car stuck, but not wrecked.
“There were no supplies for the baby taken and there might be a bag of clothing in the car,” the sheriff’s office statement said.
The U.S. Coast Guard is assisting the search with helicopter fly overs.