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SEARCH ON FOR MISSING HIKER AT STEVENS PASS
October 10, 2009
(STEVENS PASS, WA) -- A ground and air search was underway Friday for a missing hiker near Stevens Pass.
The hiker has been identified as 42-year old T.J. Langley, a Seattle theater actor and apartment-building manager, who hasn't been heard from since Sunday. He had checked in at a forest trailhead that day for a two-day solo hike.
The Chelan County Sheriff's Office says Langley has been overdue since Tuesday and was believed to be in the Glacier Peak Wilderness area of the Okanogan Wenatchee National Forest.
The area is rugged, wilderness terrain near Lake Wenatchee and about 10 miles northeast of the summit of Stevens Pass.
Searchers believe they located his sleeping bag and some other equipment Friday. His car, a 1970s Volkswagen Beetle was found parked at the trailhead.
A spokesman for the sheriff’s office described Langley as an avid climber and hiker who told relatives and friend that he was going up to hike Little Giant Peak and Buck Mountain, both of which are in the Glacier Peak Wilderness area.
Chelan County sent ground crews and a helicopter to the area Friday and later was being assisted by searchers from the Snohomish County Sheriff's Department.
The King County Sheriff's Department sent over a helicopter and dog search team.