Ohio man missing after planned hike near Mount St. Helens

COUGAR, Wash. — Authorities are searching for an Ohio man who failed to return from a planned hike near Mount St. Helens in Washington state.

The Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office says friends last saw Matthew B. Matheny at 7 a.m. Thursday, when he borrowed a car and headed to the Blue Lake Trail. The 40-year-old is from Warren, Ohio.

A sheriff's deputy found the borrowed Subaru Outback at the trailhead on Saturday.

The sheriff's office said Matheney's cell phone pinged in the general area of Blue Lake Trail several miles up towards Mt. St. Helens.

Hikers also told authorities they saw a man matching his description in the same area.

Matheny is described as white, 6-foot-4 and 230 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes, possibly wearing a gray Cleveland Browns sweatshirt.

The sheriff's office is asking anyone who may have seen Matheny, to get in touch.

Matthew B. Matheny was last seen Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018. He was driving his friend's Subaru Outback. (Photo via the Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office)