Sheriff’s helicopter, police drone help search for missing dirt biker in Pierce County

Update: The man is still missing as of noon Thursday. The Sheriff’s Department called off the search Wednesday.

Initial post: Crews are searching for a 32-year-old man last seen Tuesday in the Tehaleh area.

Around 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, a caller contacted the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department about his friend who had been missing since 3 p.m.

On Tuesday the man and the caller rode dirt bikes in a wooded area west of 179th Avenue East and Tehaleh Boulevard East, sheriff’s spokesperson Sgt. Darren Moss said.

The caller last saw the man pushing one of the dirt bikes up a trail, Moss said. The caller spent hours searching for his friend.

The Orting Police Department used a drone to try to find the man. The King County sheriff’s helicopter, Guardian 1, also helped with the search.

As of 1 p.m. Wednesday, the man has not been found.

The 32-year-old man is 6-foot-2 and weighs about 200 pounds. He was last seen wearing a black jacket, jeans and boots.

Those who have information can call the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department at 253-287-4455.

Moss said they don’t plan on releasing the name or a photo of the missing man at this point because “the circumstances do not meet requirements for any alerts,” and they don’t have “information about him being in any danger.”

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