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Remains of Rainbow Gathering attendee from California possibly found

Sketch of person of interest Human remains that may belong to a missing California woman who attended the countercultural Rainbow Gathering have been found in a Washington forest, officials said Monday.

Marie Hanson, 54, of Lake Tahoe, disappeared in July after attending the event in Gifford Pinchot National Forest. The countercultural event is held each year in a different national forest.

The Skamania County Sheriff's Office released a statement Monday saying searchers had found skeletal remains and jewelry Sunday afternoon in the area where Hanson had disappeared.

Officials were still combing the area Monday for evidence.

“We will continue with this investigation to attempt to positively identify any remains that we locate throughout this process," Undersheriff Dave Cox said in a statement. “We are hopeful but not jumping to any conclusions at this point."

He added that Hanson's family had been notified that remains were found and were requesting privacy.

Officials have released a sketch of a man who had been seen with Hanson before she disappeared, calling him a person of interest.

He was described as a white man in his late 40s or 50s, about 5-feet-8 with a thin build. He wore many silver necklaces with medallions, a dark duster-type jacket, had rings on his fingers and carried a cane.

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Image: Officials have released a sketch of a man who had been seen with Marie Hanson before she disappeared, calling him a person of interest. Credit: Skamania County Sheriff’s Office

 
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