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Posted on: August 3, 2017

Search and Rescue Teams to Use Helicopters in Torguson Park to Search for Missing Hiker

After searching for two days and not finding missing hiker, 40-year-old Kimberly Haines, King County Search and Rescue will be flying the King County Sheriff’s Office Guardian helicopter to a remote location today with six search teams.

KCSAR PIO, Alan LaBissoniere, said the helicopter will be using Torguson Park in downtown North Bend as its landing and takeoff location beginning around 10 a.m. August 3rd. The low-flying helicopter will likely be flying throughout the late morning and possibly into early afternoon.

KCSAR received cell phone data that puts Haines’ phone in a remote area north of Mt. Teneriffe and Lake Hancock. LaBissoniere explained that even without cell service, cell data can pinpoint the phone’s general location. He said that data gives them about a one square mile area where they think Haines could be.

Since the area cannot be accessed by vehicles, the helicopter will be used to in order for the teams to reach the remote location without the 7-mile hike in hot temperatures.

“We would like to ask that residents stay clear of the Torguson Park area while we are doing our search to give the crews space to take off and land safely,” LaBissoniere said.

Haines went missing Monday July 31st after failing to return from the Mt. Teneriffe trail where she went on a 15-mile trail run with her dog, Rainy. Her car was found at the trailhead.

Search and Rescue crews have been searching for her non-stop since Monday night, including ground searches and using ATVs, horses and dogs.

If anyone has information leading to Haines whereabouts, please call 9-1-1.

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Contact:
Jill Green
Communications Coordinator
425-677-5563
jgreen@northbendwa.gov

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