MISSING STATE TROOPER FOUND ALIVE AND WELL IN CASCADES
May 18, 2011
(SNOHOMISH COUNTY) -- Sometimes searches for a missing person in the Cascade Mountains don’t end in good news for the family.
Trooper Dan Anderson was found alive and well in the Cascade Mountains. CLICK TO ENLARGE
This one did.
Just before 9 pm. Tuesday night searchers found the veteran Washington State Trooper who had gone missing while hiking in the North Cascade Mountains over the weekend.
Daniel Anderson was found alive in the Miner's Creek area of Snohomish County.
"He is alive and in good condition," said Snohomish County sheriff's spokeswoman Rebecca Hover in a statement.
“We can’t give enough praise to the search and rescue volunteers on this mission who meticulously followed every snowshoe track, every detail to find Dan. This is a rugged, treacherous area and these people risked their lives to find him,” added Hover.
The news as of late last night is that Anderson was to be transported to the search and rescue command post and from there, a member of the Washington State Patrol was scheduled to pick him up and drive him home or to another location to reunite with his family.
Hover said it appeared that Anderson did not need to go the hospital for a check up.
ANDERSON WAS ON WEEKEND HIKE IN BACK COUNTRY
Anderson was on a weekend hike with friends and had gone on alone after a time to reach his pre-planned destination.
His exit from the group to go on alone was planned
Sunday night his emergency locator beacon (GPS) device sent out a signal, which indicated he might have been in some sort of trouble.
The signal sent by the GPS unit indicated Anderson was near or at one destination where he planned to camp for the night, Lyman Lakes which is west of Lake Chelan in the Mt. Baker National Forest.
Anderson and some friends had snow shoed in from the Granite Falls area on the west side of the Cascades and then Anderson went on alone planning to camp at Lyman Lakes and then hike on to Holden Village.
A helicopter went up on Monday and observed some tracks in an area called Minor Creek and that was one of the areas searchers had been concentrating on.
Friends of the missing hiker searched the area alongside rescue workers on Monday.
Anderson, a former Special Forces military man, was well prepared for trouble in the backcountry from a survival perspective.
He is a 20-year veteran of the Washington State Patrol and also served for six years as an Arlington City Council member.
It was not known Tuesday night what caused Anderson’s emergency locator unit to fire an alert signal.