Gerren Kirk - Strange disappearances from U.S. National Forests

Gerren Kirk, disappeared December 3rd, 2014, Frog Lake Campground, Mount Hood National Forest, Oregon.

Gerren Kirk, Mount Hood disappearance

Gerren Kirk, 31, was an experienced outdoorsman and often took solo trips in the woods. He left home on December 3rd, 2014, to hike in the Mount Hood National Forest, with plans to return December 6th. However, on this occasion, he didn't leave family members with any details. Kirk’s sister Whitney Kirk Altman filed a missing persons report on Sunday, December 7, but the search was delayed until Monday because search and rescue crews couldn't be dispatched until the vehicle was located to establish a starting point.

Kirk grew up in the Milwaukie area and graduated from Portland Public Schools' Vocational Village High School. He lived for a number of years in Arizona, working in admissions for the University of Phoenix. After returning to Milwaukie, he enrolled in Portland Community College, studying business. He had recently transferred his credits and completed his first term of online courses with National University. He planned to complete his bachelor's degree and then go on for a master's.

Kirk was married for several years, but he and his wife Kristin were divorced, shared joint custody of their daughter, five year old Gabriella.

Gerren's gold Pontiac Grand Am was found in the parking lot at Frog Lake Campground off U.S. 26, by a family member on Monday, December 8th, focusing the search on the heavily wooded areas nearby.

Gerren Kirk's gold Pontiac Grand Am was located Monday at the Frog Lake Campground near Mount Hood.

Police also were able to ping his cell phone and locate it east of Frog Lake heading in a SW direction. That route would have brought him from Clackamas County into Wasco County, so jurisdiction for the search switched over to the Wasco County Sheriff's Office.

Gerren Kerk disappearance Mount Hood

An estimated 170 volunteers from across Oregon joined in the search around Frog and Twin Lakes, which lasted for around nine days and was co-ordinated by the Wasco County Sheriff's Office. Sniffer dogs and surveillance aircraft with heat detecting infrared also participated. The weather on the mountain was mostly damp over the period of the search and slightly above freezing, with unusually low snow levels for December.

Mount Hood from Frog Lake

Mount Hood from Frog Lake

Frog Lake Trail Mount Hood National Forest

Frog Lake Trail Mount Hood National Forest

Searchers included Pacific Northwest Search and Rescue, Mountain Wave Emergency Communications, Clackamas County Sheriff's Search and Rescue, Multnomah County Search and Rescue, Klickitat County Sheriff's Office, Lake County Search and Rescue, Wallowa County Sheriff's Search and Rescue, Clatsop County Sheriff's Office, Salvation Army, Trauma Intervention Program, businesses in Government Camp, Zigzag, Welches and Sandy, Bud's Towing of Oregon City, Milwaukie Presbyterian Church.

Mount hood national forest Frog Lake

Despite the search efforts, no trace of Gerren has been found. It was strange that his cellphone was pinging to the South West of Frog Lake, in the direction of Clear Lake, but search efforts seem to have focused on the area to the north east, in the area of Twin Lakes, unless the media misreported the location.

To this day, Brian and Annette Kirk, and siblings keep his memory alive at the FB page Inlovingmemoryofgerrenkirk