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Crews Narrow Search Area for Skydiver in Wash.

Posted at: 01/05/2013 8:11 PM

NORTH BEND, Wash. (AP) - A more focused search for a skydiver who vanished during a jump above Washington's Cascade foothills has so far failed to locate the Florida man.

About 145 searchers combed the Mount Si area east of Seattle on Saturday for 29-year-old Kurt Ruppert, who disappeared Thursday afternoon after he jumped out of a helicopter at 6,500 feet. A King County sheriff's spokeswoman says they looked specifically in a quarter-mile-square area near the summit, but kept searching other areas as well as darkness fell.

The search is expected to resume at dawn Sunday. Ruppert, of Lake City, Fla., was wearing a special wing suit that allowed him to glide like a flying squirrel. The suit is brown and green, and likely blends into the terrain, though his parachute is reportedly blue.

He was skydiving with two friends who don't know if Ruppert's chute deployed. A decision was made to narrow the search area based on the flight pattern of the helicopter he jumped from and information from his cellphone's location just before the jump.

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