The trail has gone cold, literally and figuratively, for a missing California grandmother who disappeared at the end of the Rainbow Family Gathering in the Gifford-Pinchot National Forest more than two months ago.

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The trail has gone cold, literally and figuratively, for a missing California grandmother who disappeared at the end of the Rainbow Family Gathering in the Gifford-Pinchot National Forest more than two months ago.

With temperatures beginning to drop in the forest’s upper elevations, Marie Hanson’s fellow Rainbow Family participants and local authorities are hoping two separate searches in the next 10 days will provide her family with closure.

Hanson, a 54-year-old grandmother of two, was last seen on the morning of July 8, hours before she and her neighbors were scheduled to leave the peace festival, which attracted around 20,000 people to Skookum Meadows in Skamania County.

Subsequent searches for Hanson have failed to answer questions about what happened to her that morning.

Rainbow Family participants are organizing a search next Friday and Saturday mornings in Skookum Meadows near where Hanson was last seen.

Everyone who is able-bodied and willing is invited to aid in the search. Participants will meet at the intersection of Forest Service Road 32 and Forest Service Road 150 around 10 a.m. each day.

People who want to participate but cannot are invited to attend a fundraiser this Saturday at the Old Town Grill in Woodland. A band will play at 9 p.m. Money raised will go to the lodging and feeding of search volunteers.

The Skamania County Sheriff’s Office will do its own law-enforcement-only sweep of the area next Sunday, chief criminal Deputy Pat Bond said.

“I would say all our hopes are on this search,” Nancy Enterline said, referring to the search organized by the Rainbow Family. “We have pretty much exhausted everything. Our hopes are dwindling that she’ll be found alive. At this point we’re looking for closure.”

Enterline, whose son, Tim, is married to Hanson’s daughter, Tawny, described Hanson as a person whose grandchildren meant the world to her.

The missing woman’s devotion to her grandchildren and love for her husband, Billy, make it inconceivable she ran off after the festival.

Three weeks ago, the agency released a sketch of a person of interest who witnesses said was spotted with Hanson on July 6 during the festival. The man was described as being in his late 40s or 50s, standing 5 feet 8 inches tall and having a thin build. He wore a dark Duster-type jacket and walked with a cane, according to information provided to the sheriff’s office.

So far, sheriff’s investigators have not received any credible information based on the sketch, Bond said.