Yakima County Sheriff’s Office Ken Irwin, Sheriff
PO Box 1388, Yakima, Washington Telephone (509) 574-2500
Toll Free (800) 572-0490
Search & Rescue Press Release
Incident Reported: Missing hiker
Incident Number: 13C14854
Date / Time: 10-5-2013, @ 0600 Hrs
Location: From Mt Adams to White Pass
Contact person: Sgt. George Town Phone: 574-2535 / 728-0788
Yakima County Search & Rescue has been working with Skamania County as they started the search for Alejandra Wilson earlier this week. Wilson was reported missing when she failed to check in at her next stop at White Pass. Wilson was last seen leaving Trout Lake just south of Mt Adams late Friday afternoon.
Wilson a (Through hiker) on the Pacific Crest Trail that starts at Mexico ending in Canada.
On Tuesday some fellow hikers of Wilson that were one day behind her had to be rescued due to the winter storm that hit the area, dumping 2 plus feet of snow over night. Skamania County SAR along with a Coast Guard helicopter extricated the couple just West of Mt Adams.
Over the next 2 days Wash State Aviation flying a fixed wing aircraft along with the Coast Guard Helo continued to search for Wilson along the Cascade Crest from Mt Adams to White Pass, with no luck.
On Saturday 10-5-13 Yakima County Search & Rescue took over the search.
At 0600 hrs 5 Search teams, including a combination of volunteers & some experienced hiking friends joined in with the Yakima SAR teams, all assembling in Packwood, WA. The command post was established at Walupt Lake South of Packwood.
Teams were deployed into several locations along the Crest trail.
At approximately 2:30 P.M. a search team Located Ms Wilson as she was walking down the Killen creek drainage off the Crest trail.
Wilson was transported to the command post where she was medically checked.
Wilson was cold and tired but otherwise OK. She was reunited with her friends and family.
Wilson said she too got stranded by the deep snow from the storm, and waited till condition got better, when she could make her way out.
Yakima County Sheriff's Office
Sergeant / Special Operations