ST. MARIES, ID. -- The Shoshone County Sheriff's Office has activated a search for a father and daughter missing in the St. Joe NationalForest after going on a hunting trip.

Deputies report Matthew Gering, 37, and his 14-year-old daughter Kia left their home in Lewiston on Monday at 3 a.m. Deputies say the two were going to hunt in an area called Unit 6, which encompasses land in Benewah, Shoshone, Latah andClearwater Counties.

The pair were supposed to contact relatives in Post Falls on Monday evening, but never did. Police were called at 8:00 p.m. Monday.

Sheriff's officials are organizing search groups with about 30 rescuers to look for the pair. They are also using three snowmobiles and two planes to cover more area.

Searchers say the area they are covering is very large, and compared it to searching for a needle in a haystack.

Wednesday, planes fromFairchild Air Force Base are expected to join the search.

Gering drives a 2000 Chevy Silverado truck, tan, with Idaho plates K458325.

His cell phone was pinged onTuesday using InlandCellular and Verizon Wireless towers, showing its final activity at 5:23 a.m. onMonday.

Family members say Gering is an avid hunter and has worked as a guide in Alaska, so they believe he is prepared.

A command center is set up in St.Maries at 10th and Railroad.

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