July 1, 2013 at 2:09 PM
2 teen hikers missing in Alpine Lakes Wilderness area
UPDATE, 8:44 P.M. The search for two teens missing after a day hike Sunday has been suspended for the night, according to the King County Sheriff’s Office. The search will resume early Tuesday morning.
Detective Jason Stanley said there are a lot of hikers in the area where the two went missing. This made the search more difficult.
“There are so many hikers up there, which may work against us,” Stanley said. “We haven’t found anything.”
ORIGINAL POST Two teens, one from Mukilteo and the other from Edmonds, are missing after a day hike Sunday to the Mason Lake area in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness, according to the King County Sheriff’s Office.
Ricardo Perez, an 18-year-old Kamiak High School graduate from Edmonds, and Brian Chim, a 19-year-old University of Washington student from Mukilteo, left at 7 a.m. yesterday for a hike and swim. When they didn’t return last night, their parents reported them missing.
King County Search and Rescue and the sheriff’s office are looking for the hikers, who are described as inexperienced. The search began early this morning.
The trails are wide and well-used this time of year, and conditions overnight in the Mason Lake area were survivable, according to the sheriff’s office.
Perez was wearing shorts and a light blue jacket and is about 5-foot-11 tall and 185 pounds. Chim was last seen wearing a purple T-shirt, khaki shorts and carrying a black backpack. He is 5-foot-7 and about 170 pounds.
The Sheriff’s Office is asking anybody who was hiking in this area Sunday and today to call 206-296-3311 if they saw either of the teens hiking in the area.
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