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Kittitas (pronounced 'KITT-i-tass') County is located in central Washington
State. It spans from the lush forested Cascade Mountains to the upper Yakima River Valley plains and
the Columbia River.
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At the request of the Kittitas County Sheriff’s Office, the US Forest Service and the Washington Department of Natural Resources have issued orders for the temporary closure of new and expanded areas of concern in the ongoing manhunt for Jorge Alcantara-Gonzalez.
The coordinated closure includes all Forest Service lands west of SR97 to the edge of the Teanaway Community Forest (in red on the attached map), and the portion of the Teanaway Community Forest on the east side of Teanaway Rd and North Fork Teanaway Rd (in black on the attached map). North Fork Teanaway Rd is also closed near Milepost 9, eliminating access to recreational lands and facilities north of that point, including 29 Pines Campground.
Additional closures on the east side of SR97 include the Liberty Campground off Liberty road and Swauk Campground off SR97. The emergency closure order extends until June 15 unless modified or rescinded. Please review the attached map before making any plans in the area.
These expansive closures reflect the serious threat to public safety that the subject of this manhunt presents. The Sheriff’s Office has increased patrols in the area and is actively notifying residents about the situation. Residents are encouraged to lock their doors and vehicles, secure their property, and maintain heightened alertness.
We encourage anyone to call 911 to report any suspicious activity in or around these areas immediately, particularly including ANY stolen or missing property.
The Sheriff’s Office remains committed to apprehending this dangerous suspect and finding Ian Eckles, whose disappearance around May 17 began this investigation.
Kittitas County, from the Cascades to the Columbia, and online at http://www.co.kittitas.wa.us
Jill Beedle, Public Information Officerjill.firstname.lastname@example.org, 509-962-7662
Kittitas County has a total area of 2,333 square miles. The highest point in the county is Mount Daniel at 7,959 feet above sea level.