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, according to park officials and the Clallam County Sheriff’s Office.
Deer Park Road remained closed Tuesday afternoon 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, according to an alert Sunday afternoon from the national park.
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.
Olympic National Park spokesperson Penny Wagner said on Tuesday afternoon that the armed individual is at Deer Park and the man’s vehicle has not left the area.
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.”
The sheriff’s statement added that no specific threats had been made or were known to area residents.
Along with county sheriff’s deputies, the National Park Service was getting assistance in the search on federal lands from the FBI, the statement said.
People are asked to report unusual or suspicious activity in the area by calling 911.