This story previously spelled Mackenzie Cowell’s name wrong. The error has been corrected in this version.
WENATCHEE — A helicopter for the Chelan County Sheriff’s Department was being used this morning to search for a 17-year-old girl missing since Tuesday night.
Sheriff’s department spokesman Jerry Moore said investigators launched the helicopter search for Mackenzie Cowell of Orondo over an area surrounding Pitcher Canyon. The air search followed unsuccessful search efforts Tuesday night by deputies on foot with a sheriff’s department tracking dog.
Residents in the canyon found Cowell’s car parked in their driveway around 10 p.m. Tuesday. They reported spotting women’s clothing and a purse inside the car. Sheriff’s deputies tracked the car’s registration to Cowell’s parents, who said the 17-year-old was past curfew for the night.
Cowell’s 17-year-old boyfriend, who arrived on the scene with Cowell’s parents Tuesday night, said he and the girl had exchanged text messages around 4 p.m. that day, Moore said.
Anyone with knowledge of Cowell’s whereabouts or tips regarding the case is asked to call 667-6848.