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Remains found in Rainbow disappearance

STEVENSON, Wash. (AP) — Searchers found skeletal remains and jewelry in an area of Gifford Pinchot National Forest where a California woman was last seen during a peace rally last summer, authorities said Monday.

Information on when and where the remains were found was not released, but several extensive searches of the area have been made for any sign of Marie Hanson, a 54-year-old South Lake Tahoe, Calif., woman whose family reported her missing July 9.

Searchers were seeking any other evidence that might link the remains and jewelry to Hanson, the Skamania County Sheriff's Office said. ”

We are hopeful but not jumping to any conclusions at this point,” Undersheriff Dave Cox said in a statement. Cox said Hanson's family had been notified and asked for privacy.

Hanson made a spur-of-the-moment decision to travel with her neighbors to the annual gathering of the Rainbow Family of Living Light.

Borne from the 1960s counterculture movement, Rainbow Family is a loose gathering of peace activists who come together each July in a national forest. The weeklong event culminates July 4 with a circle to pray for world peace.

This year, the 40th annual gathering was attended by an estimated 10,000 to 20,000 people. Hanson, a grandmother of two who cares for her disabled husband, had never before attended the event. Her family reported her missing after neighbors called and said they had not seen her for days.

All of her belongings were left in her tent, including her purse, medicine for pain following back surgery, a handcrafted doll for her granddaughter and a trinket for her grandson. She had traded for those items as gifts.

Past coverage:

Aug. 31: Man sought in Rainbow Gathering disappearance

Aug. 8: Woman still missing after Rainbow Gathering

Man sought in Rainbow disappearance

STEVENSON, Wash. (AP) — The Skamania County sheriff's office has released a sketch of a person of interest in the search for a California woman missing after this year's Rainbow Family gathering.

Fifty-four-year-old Marie C. Hanson of South Lake Tahoe was last seen on the evening of July 6 leaving the Gifford Pinchot National Forest with a man. The witness said he appeared to be in his 40s or 50s, about 5-foot-8 with a slim build. He wore many silver necklaces with medallions, had rings on his fingers and carried a cane.

Hanson's family says she made a spur-of-the-moment decision to attend a “peace rally” and lost touch with the neighbors who took her to southwest Washington.

About 20,000 people attended the counter-culture campout over the Fourth of July weekend, which was originally planned to take place in the Colville National Forest.

Past coverage:

Aug. 8: Woman who went to Rainbow Gathering still missing

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