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Search and Rescue Teams Continue Search at Vesper Peak for Missing Hiker


CONTACT: Courtney O’Keefe, Communications Specialist, Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office
Courtney.O’, 425-388-3865, Media line: 425-249-6263

SNOHOMISH COUNTY, Wash. –Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue (SAR) personnel and helicopter (SNOHAWK1), volunteers and other agencies from across Washington State continue to search this morning for missing hiker Samantha Sayers, who did not return from her day hike at Vesper Peak last Wednesday, August 1. Sayers, who is 27 years-old, left on a solo hike at 8 a.m. last Wednesday.

Yesterday, King County Search and Rescue conducted an air search with Guardian 1, using FLIR (thermal imaging cameras) to search the area. Over the weekend, SNOHAWK1, one of the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office helicopters, conducted air search operations for 33 hours, including a FLIR search. Several trained SAR K9 teams and volunteers from across the state assisted with the search operation Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

One group of hikers reported seeing Sayers on her way up Vesper Peak around mid-morning on Wednesday. Another hiker reported seeing Sayers during her hike on Wednesday, eating lunch together and reported that he saw her walking south from the summit. That individual has been working closely with the Sheriff’s Office over the past few days to identify the location of where they had lunch and is participating in the search operation.

The Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue team and Marine Services Unit, as well as, Everett Mountain Rescue, Seattle Mountain rescue, Tacoma Mountain Rescue, Olympic Mountain Rescue, Snohomish County Search and Rescue, King County Search and Rescue, Pierce County Search and Rescue, Kitsap County Search and Rescue, Skagit County Search and Rescue, Air Force Rescue Coordination Center, State Emergency Operations Center, Coast Guard, the Soup Ladies and Snohomish County PUD are assisting in the search operation for the missing hiker.