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The Today File

Your guide to the latest news from around the Northwest

October 9, 2014 at 9:47 AM

Missing hiker ‘pretty healthy’ after helicopter rescue

Update at 7:32 p.m.: Paula Reuter was reunited with her parents and then taken to a hospital as a precaution after she was rescued, the sheriff’s office said.

Det. Jason Stanley said Reuter was found about six miles from where she parked her car and about 10 miles from a trail head. She was spotted by deputies in a Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office helicopter, which hoisted her and her two dogs out of the area.

Reuter said she got lost while hiking, according to Stanley.

“She was disoriented,” Stanley said. “She didn’t know where she was going.”

Update at 5:14 p.m.: The sheriff’s office says hiker Paula Reuter survived her ordeal by eating mushrooms and building a fire.

Reuter of Seattle and her two dogs were rescued Thursday afternoon by helicopter, the sheriff’s office said. The sheriff’s office said in a tweet she was “pretty healthy” despite being missing for several days.

Reuter was last heard from on Monday and was reported missing Tuesday night.

The restaurant manager went hiking with her dogs and was last heard from on Monday when she posted a photo of a hillside on Instagram.

Update at 2:45 p.m.: The King County sheriff’s helicopter has located Paula Reuter.

Her condition was not immediately known and it was unclear whether her two dogs were with her.

This post will be updated.

Hiker

Paula Reuter

Original post: The Associated Press

SNOQUALMIE PASS — As the search resumed Thursday morning for a hiker missing near Snoqualmie Pass, the King County sheriff’s office says searchers are concerned the 21-year-old Seattle woman has been outside for three nights.

Det. Jason Stanley says friends described as a casual hiker who probably wasn’t equipped to camp out with temperatures dropping into the 40s.

The restaurant manager Paula Reuter went hiking with her two dogs and was last heard from on Monday when she posted a photo of a hillside on Instagram. The caption said, “can’t see I-90 from here.” Stanley says searchers recognized the terrain, and a deputy found her car at the trailhead for Mason Lake and Ira Springs trails.

Ground searchers are back out. A county helicopter will again join the search, weather permitting.

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