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SAR Rescues Two Missing Hikers near Sulphur Creek


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

SNOHOMISH COUNTY, Wash. Around 2 p.m. today the Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue team located two missing hikers near Sulphur Creek. The first hiker located was 59 year-old David James. He was flown by SnoHawk10 to Darrington and transported by aid to Cascade Valley Hospital for medical treatment. About an hour later, 64 year-old Marshall “Buster” Cabe was located by ground searchers, flown out by SnoHawk10 and transported home.

James told rescuers they had been out of food for five days and he didn’t think he would have survived another 24 hours.

The two hikers left on Downey Creek Trail on August 16 and were expected to return from their hike on August 23. On August 26, family members called 911 to report the hikers missing and Snohomish County SAR launched a search operation.

Thank you to the many agencies and volunteers from Snohomish County Volunteer Search and Rescue, Everett Mountain Rescue, King County SAR, Pierce County SAR, Skagit County SAR, Seattle Mountain Rescue and Tacoma Mountain Rescue who assisted with this search operation.