Wednesday, June 12, 2013

What Could Go Wrong?

Another tip from Stacy McCain: Naked 19-Year-Old News Update
Officials have halted search operations for Maureen Kelly, who has been missing since Sunday in a remote Washington State forest. Kelly, a 19-year-old from Vancouver, disappeared in what can only be described as a search for the answer to the eternal question: “How stupid do you have to be to try something like this?”
Deputies are searching for a naked Vancouver woman, 19, who left her campground in west Skamania County on Sunday afternoon.
Maureen Kelly reportedly left the Canyon Creek Campground in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest just after 5 p.m. Sunday on a “spiritual quest,” wearing only a fanny pack that contained a compass and a knife. The woman was supposed to return that night, but didn’t. A friend reported her missing around midnight.

Local wildlife include wolves, mountain lions and bears. Never mind the problems of hypothermia and other dangers.
Skamania County Sheriff Dave Brown said Tuesday evening that two days of searching have failed to find 19-year-old Maureen Kelly. He says the search is being suspended until the end of the week.
Going out into the woods naked was no sudden impulse:
“She had talked about doing this spiritual quest for evidently quite some time,” he said. “The folks that she was with, they felt that this was something she needed to do.”
Regarding the opening question?  A lot could go wrong...
Volunteer searcher says Maureen Kelly crossed this creek and made it up to a road. Her track stops at the pavement.
There's a whole lot of stupid going on here.  The Washington woods are no place for a nude overnight excursion by anyone, let alone a relatively unprepared, and naive teenager.  The fact that she is a woman only makes it worse.  I hope this comes out OK, but fear the worst.

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