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October 6, 2013 at 3:56 PM
By The Associated Press
YAKIMA — A 23-year-old woman reported missing while hiking the Pacific Crest Trail in southwest Washington has been found safe, but a search for an Oregon man has been suspended.
Alejandra Wilson was located yesterday afternoon, authorities said. She was cold and tired but otherwise OK.
A search team spotted the Oregon woman walking in the Crest trail area as she started hiking out. She was reported missing after becoming overdue for a trail check Sept. 30.
Sgt. George Town of the Yakima County Sheriff’s Office said Wilson reported that she got stranded by a snow storm about a week ago and waited until conditions improved before walking out.
“She said the snow was almost waist deep and she was pretty well stuck. She wasn’t lost, she was just stuck,” Town said in an interview today.
Wilson told authorities she hunkered down and set up camp under some trees to wait out the storm, he said. From there, she said she spotted the Coast Guard helicopters that went up in search of her. The helicopters flew overhead but she wasn’t able to flag them down in time, Town said.
“The Coast Guard guys were right on track. They did a good job. She wasn’t able to make herself visible,” but their presence “gave her real confidence,” Town said.
He noted that she still had food when she was located yesterday. She was reunited with her dad, grandparents and friends.
Some of the volunteer searchers included hiking companions who had been on the trail with her earlier in her trip, Town said today.
Meanwhile, the search was suspended for Kristopher Zitzewitz, 31, of Portland, who was last seen Sept. 28 in the Big Lava Beds area of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest
Skamania County Undersheriff Dave Cox said more than 100 people searched yesterday. Further searching was suspended pending new information about his whereabouts.
September 27, 2013 at 6:19 PM
The body of a missing 66-year-old hiker was found Friday in Mount Rainier National Park by rangers and volunteers after an overnight search on Pinnacle Peak, a news release said.
The man, George Merriam, of Lakewood, had been reported missing by his wife Thursday night. He was spotted from a search helicopter around 8:30 a.m. lying in “steep terrain more than 200 feet below the trail,” according to the release. It took crews, including volunteers from Olympic, Seattle and Everett Mountain Rescue units and a helicopter from Northwest Helicopters of Olympia, about seven hours to get to him and recover his body, the release said.
Merriam’s family was notified today.
August 29, 2013 at 12:32 PM
UPDATE 8:11 p.m.: The body of the man who died today at Rattlesnake Ridge was found about 150 feet below the ledge his friend said he’d fallen from.
The woman told responding officers that she and the man had hiked to the top of the ridge, where she was taking pictures of him. He slipped and fell as he was trying to jump to a rock, according to a news release from the King County Sheriff’s Office.
Deputies are withholding further details on the man until his family has been notified of his death.
ORIGINAL POST: The King County Sheriff’s Office says a hiker has fallen to his death at Lookout Point near Rattlesnake Lake near North Bend.
A rescue crew found the man’s body just before noon, said Sgt. Cindi West. She did not know how far he had fallen.
West says they heard about the accident in a phone call from a woman who was hiking in the same area.
Other details were not immediately available, but West says the rescue crew will carry the body out.
August 6, 2013 at 11:30 AM
A California man raising money for an animal welfare group appears to be on the verge of setting a new record for walking the 2,655-mile Pacific Crest Trail from Mexico to Canada.
Backers say Josh Garrett, 30, a college track coach and fitness instructor, could shave several days of the current record of 64 days, 11 hours and 19 minutes for hiking the trail.
Garrett’s trek is being sponsored by Whole Foods CEO John Mackey, whom Garrett has hiked with.
Garrett, who became a vegan two years ago, has said his goal is to call attention to what he calls the cruel treatment of animals being raised for food. He is seeking donations for the organization Mercy for Animals.
He began his Pacific Crest journey at the Mexican border June 10 and on Monday was in the Cascades east of Arlington, with about 124 miles left to hike. He has been averaging more than 44 miles a day, and backers expect him to reach the Canadian border Thursday. To learn more about Garrett and see a Mercy for Animals video in which he discusses his attempt, click here.
June 13, 2013 at 6:59 PM
Authorities and volunteers are continuing to scour Southwest Washington’s Gifford Pinchot National Forest for 19-year-old Maureen Kelly, although a formal search-and-rescue mission has been temporarily suspended, according to the Skamania County Sheriff’s Office.
The Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday night it had suspended the search pending further investigation.
An employee with the office said Thursday she did not have any details about an investigation. Undersheriff Dave Cox did not respond to a message seeking comment.
Kelly was reported missing after not returning from a hike Sunday evening. Before departing, she apparently told fellow campers she was going on a “spirtual quest.” Then, she left wearing only a fanny pack.
June 11, 2013 at 11:27 AM
Update: 2:30 p.m. | The 19-year-old woman missing while on a naked hike in Southwest Washington’s Gifford Pinchot National Forest is “a very laid-back, carefree girl,” according to her half-sister, Cheri Kaupu of Vancouver.
Kaupu said her missing half-sister, Maureen Kelly, phoned her shortly before heading into the national forest.
“She called me before she left to go camping with friends and asked if she could borrow some camping gear,” Kaupu said. ”She was excited about going … she told me she loved me. That’s normal for her. She’s an affectionate person.”
Kaupu said Kelly made no mention of plans to go alone on a hike without clothes, in what acquaintances described to authorities as a “spiritual quest.”
“That concerns me,” Kaupu said. Kelly has been missing since Sunday evening.
Awaiting word on the search, which resumed at 8 a.m. today, Kaupu said, “I’m being strong for my mom. She’s taking this really hard.”
Amanda Ziegler of Vancouver, who’s been friends with Kelly for about a year, said she wouldn’t be surprised to hear that Kelly had gone on a “spiritual quest.”
But Ziegler said she was surprised and concerned to hear Kelly went into the woods naked and alone.
“It’s strange because she would know better than to go out unprepared like that,” Ziegler said. “It doesn’t make sense.”
Ziegler said that both she and her boyfriend have previously spent time in the area where Kelly was last seen. She said her boyfriend is headed to the camping area where Kelly disappeared to assist in the search for their friend. “It’s really cold here and pouring rain … I’m worried.”
The missing woman, who calls herself “Anu,” wrote on Facebook that her occupation was “guru” at “Spreading the Love.” On June 6 she posted a picture with the caption “There is no path to happiness. Happiness is the path.” On her YouTube page, Kelly posted videos of herself playing ukulele and beatboxing, a form of making percussion sounds with one’s voice and mouth.
Skamania County Undersheriff Dave Cox said vehicles are being used in the search today. He described the terrain as mountains with heavy timber and brush.
Seattle Times staff reporter Jack Broom and news researcher Miyoko Wolf contributed to this report.
January 14, 2013 at 10:30 AM
Those Seahawks! It was a fantastic run, wasn’t it? And we like what Steve Kelley has to say: Playoff loss hurts, but talented, young Seahawks team will be back
Doggone, it’s cold! Well, not so much last night, but it’s supposed to be mighty chilly over the next several days, with temperatures dropping below freezing into Thursday. How good is your window scraper? Have you ever had to use a credit card to scrape your windows? The cold is gripping the entire West Coast, and in California, they’re worried about the cold ruining the crops we eat.
Oh… and there’s a burn ban for King, Pierce, Snohomish and Thurston counties.
That darn flu: As if you didn’t know, the flu is going around in big numbers. Have you gotten a vaccination? Vote in our poll.
Hiker falls off trail, dies: The man was hiking along a small trail near Coulee City in Eastern Washington Sunday when he fell about 150 feet. He died at the scene. He had earlier been rock climbing in the area with a friend, according to the Grant County Sheriff’s Office. We’re trying to find out where the hiker lived.
Gas prices down 2 cents. That’s in a week, says AAA, but at an average of $3.38 a gallon, it’s the same as it was a month ago. Some prices around the state: Bellingham $3.50, Bremerton $3.44, Seattle-Bellevue-Everett $3.45, Tacoma $3.43, Olympia $3.43, Vancouver $3.37, Yakima $3.29, Tri-Cities $3.15, Spokane $3.06.
Woman found dead in alley: Police say the death of the woman found in an alley in Tacoma is suspicious. She was in her 20s, and there was blood at the scene. It’s been so cold that her body was frozen. A nearby homeowner found her body. The News Tribune has the story.
Most-read stories this morning on seattletimes.com:
- Heartbreaker: Seahawks rally but fall to Falcons, 30-28
- Heartbreaking loss means Seahawks season ends too early | Jerry Brewer
- Mercer Island landlord tries to ban pot in apartment building
- Playoff loss hurts, but talented, young Seahawks team will be back | Steve Kelley
- More complications reported in possible Sacramento Kings sale and move to Seattle
Nick Provenza: 206-464-2142 or email@example.com. On Twitter @NickProvenza1
September 6, 2012 at 6:59 AM
Weather: Sunny and warm today and tomorrow. Yes! A bit cooler on the weekend, but we’ll take that, too. It’s just that Monday and Tuesday will see even cooler temps, as in the mid-60s. Does that mean fall is here? Dang. The National Weather Service forecast.
Traffic: The map and cams.
No freebie to ride the bus downtown: We’ve said it many times before, but the free bus rides you’ve enjoyed in downtown Seattle — since 1973 — come to an end Sept 29. Metro says it will save $2 million by ending the free service, and people needing to get to social services will still be able to ride for free. Still, since 1973 …
Bears on the move: The Yakima Bears baseball team played its last game in Yakima yesterday, suffering a 3-2 loss to Boise. The owners of the Northwest League team got a better offer to play in Hillsboro, Ore., and they took it. Even though the club has lost money each of the past 10 years, it’s always sad to see a franchise leave town. Does that ring a bell, Seattle?
Wildfire near White Salmon: We’re keeping an eye on the fire near White Salmon that has threatened some 30 homes so far.
Hiker found dead is identified: The man who died while hiking with his brother near Merchant Peak in Snohomish County over the weekend has been identified as 30-year-old Randall Stupey of Everett, according to myeverettnews. Randall Stupey’s brother called authorities after the two got separated and his brother didn’t turn up.
Most-read stories this morning on seattletimes.com:
- Marshawn Lynch’s status is unclear for Seahawks’ season opener Sunday at Arizona
- Seattle homicide victim called ‘one of the good guys’
- Nokia and Microsoft unveil Lumia 920, 820 Windows Phone 8 devices | Microsoft Pri0
- Sniper’s family puzzled as to what prompted fatal Arlington standoff
- Is there a catch to Seahawks’ release of Kellen Winslow? | Seahawks Blog
August 29, 2012 at 5:42 PM
UPDATE 7 P.M. | Rescuers and a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter successfully hoisted Bailey out of the drainage of Sol Duc River’s North Fork at about 6:30 p.m., according to a Olympic National Park release. They took him to Olympic Medical Center in Port Angeles for medical treatment.
Park officials say Bailey was smart about increasing his chances for rescue, which involved about 20 searchers starting Tuesday morning.
“He did all the right things,” said Olympic National Park Incident Commander Kristin Kirschner in a statement. “Once he realized he would not be able to get out of the canyon under his own power, he stayed where he was, made himself as visible as possible, built a large signal fire, and waited for help.”
EARLIER POST |
Rescuers found a Mountlake Terrace man who had been missing in Olympic National Park for three days Wednesday afternoon, according to a park spokeswoman.
Tim Bailey, 32, had been immobilized since Saturday when he fell down a 100 to 150-foot drainage north of Sol Duc River and broke his ankle, according to park spokesman Rainey McKenna. Bailey had planned to end a three-day solo backpacking trip from Aurora Ridge Trailhead to the North Fork of the Sol Duc River on Sunday. When he didn’t show up by then, his wife reported the delay to the park, according to The Associated Press.
After two on-ground rescue crews heard what sounded like gun shots Wednesday afternoon, a helicopter sent to search the area spotted him around 3:30 p.m. Bailey, who indeed had a gun on hand, was then found by the on-ground rescuers who are with him now.
McKenna said the rescue team wants to airlift him out by tonight but that effort may be hindered by wet weather moving into the area. If that doesn’t work out, on-ground rescuers will likely transport him back to a trailhead themselves, she said.
July 30, 2012 at 8:57 AM
The Associated Press
ELLENSBURG — A Seattle man died while hiking near Cle Elum.
The Kittitas County sheriff’s office says 54-year-old Aram “Chris” Abajian apparently fell down a steep embankment Saturday in the Mineral Creek Area, about 25 miles northwest of Cle Elum.
A friend performed CPR for two hours before walking out for help.
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