Search on­go­ing for out­doors writer on Mt. Rainier

The Covington News - - THE WIRE -

MOUNT RAINIER NA­TIONAL PARK, Wash. (AP) — Res­cuers on Mount Rainier are spend­ing a third day search­ing for well­known out­doors writer Karen Sykes, who hasn’t been seen since she sep­a­rated from her hik­ing part­ner on Wed­nes­day.

The Na­tional Park Ser­vice said six ground crews, in­clud­ing two dog teams, were comb­ing an ex­panded search area near the Owyhigh Lakes Trail on Rainier’s east side. Res­cuers also searched by air.

The 70-year-old Sykes was re­port­edly work­ing on a story when she and her part­ner en­coun­tered snow at about 5,000 feet. Her part­ner stayed as she went on, with the idea that they’d re­con­vene, but she never turned up. The part­ner re­ported her miss­ing at 10:30 p.m. Wed­nes­day. Sykes has writ­ten nu­mer­ous hik­ing sto­ries for on­line pub­li­ca­tions and news­pa­pers, as well as a book about hikes in western Wash­ing­ton.

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