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Concrete man still missing two years after disappearance

Deputies released this photo, taken in 2011, of Jason Lee Lovelady. He was last seen Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013, just off Forest Service Road 12 near Wanlick Creek picking fir cones with two family members.
Deputies released this photo, taken in 2011, of Jason Lee Lovelady. He was last seen Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013, just off Forest Service Road 12 near Wanlick Creek picking fir cones with two family members. Courtesy to The Bellingham Herald

A Concrete man is still missing after he disappeared nearly two years ago near the Elbow Lake trailhead in the Mt. Baker Wilderness, according to the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office.

Jason Lee Lovelady had been hiking and looking for fir cones with his mother and stepfather when he disappeared Oct. 5, 2013, the sheriff’s office said.

A bucket and burlap bags were found at the scene. Whatcom County Undersheriff Jeff Parks said no evidence was found suggesting any kind of struggle took place.

Law enforcement, search and rescue teams and family members searched the area near Baker Lake for days but were unable to locate any further clues. Detectives have interviewed and maintained contact with family members about the disappearance. Nobody has been targeted as a suspect, Parks said.

The area is not particularly rugged and affords visibility of 50 to 100 yards with little underbrush. The Nooksack River and Wanlick Creek border the area, and both were flowing high during the time Jason went missing, the sheriff’s office said.

Family members have said it was a “prime location” for collecting fir cones and said there was no apparent reason for Lovelady to wander in search of more, according to a 2013 press release.

Lovelady, who was 38 at the time of his disappearance, is described as 5 foot 9, 180 pounds with brown hair and green eyes. He was wearing light green shorts, a red and black flannel shirt and work boots when he disappeared.

The case remains an open investigation. Anyone with information regarding the disappearance of Lovelady should call Detective Steve Roff at 360-778-6633.

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