By Dee Riggs
The Wenatchee World
WENATCHEE — A forensic anthropologist with the King County Medical Examiner’s Office will be assisting Chelan County in trying to determine whose bodies were found this past week in two different locations of Chelan County.
On Sunday, two people driving on a Forest Service road to scout for the upcoming hunting season found a body in the Beaver Creek area, about 15 miles northeast of Leavenworth. Chelan County Coroner Wayne Harris said he has not been able to determine if the body, which was badly decomposed, is that of a man or a woman.
Chelan County Undersheriff John Wisemore said his detectives are treating the case as a possible homicide.
The only known missing person in the area is 79-year-old Hildegard Hendrickson, of Seattle, who failed to return from a mushroom hunting hike in June 2013.
Hendrickson, a retired longtime Seattle University faculty member and administrator and a widely respected authority on mushroom identification, disappeared in the Chikamin Gulch area near the Basalt Peak trail, which is north of Lake Wenatchee off the Chiwawa River Road.
Wisemore said that area is a long distance from where the body was found on Sunday.
Last Wednesday, a man’s body was found near Manson and it, too, is being investigated as a possible homicide, according to Sheriff Brian Burnett.
An orchard worker found the body outside of an orchard. The man had been dead for several months to a year.