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Story by Cally Fitzpatrick - Oregon State Media
Published on Monday April 4, 2011 - 10:03 AM
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The family and friends of 14-year-old Portland girl Yashanee Vaughn continued today to look for clues of her death.

There has been no sign of Yashanee since March 19. Police have said she was killed, but they have not found her body.

The effort was split into two different groups.

Law enforcement officers and professional searchers made up one team and a mixture of concerned citizens the other.

The first team searched Rocky Butte hills in Northeast Portland but they did not find and clues. They will continue tomorrow. Police have not clearly stated if they're looking for Yashanee's body or related clues.

Yesterday, two searchers were injured after they fell off a steep hill. We cannot confirm if the searchers were seriously injured.

"There's some steep hills and holes, all kinds of crevices," said Multnomah County Sheriff's spokeswoman Diana Olsen.

The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue Unit, with the assistance of dozens of search and rescue volunteers from Oregon and Southwest Washington, is leading the effort. The Portland Police Bureau and the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office say they appreciate the community interest in assisting with the search but ask that people not directly involved in the coordinated search effort to please stay our of the area.

Approximately 75 volunteers are assisting with the search, along with members of the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office, Mountain Wave Communication, Pacific Northwest Search and Rescue, Clark County Citizen Search and Rescue, Portland Mountain Rescue, Northern Oregon Search and Rescue, and Silver Star.