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Missing Hiker in the Lake Cushman Area

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Contact:  Lt Jason Dracobly  

Phone:     (360) 427-9670 ext 313

                 (360) 275-4467 ext 313

                 (360) 239-4073


DATE:  April 14, 2017                               SHELTON, WA –                     

Missing Hiker in the Lake Cushman Area

On April 11, 2017 the Mason County Sheriff’s Office initiated a search and rescue mission on a missing lone hiker, Zach Krull 20 year old male.  Zach’s family and friends reported that he was overdue from a planned overnight hike in the Lake Cushman/Staircase area of Mason County.  Zach is not from the area and is a new transfer student to Evergreen State College.

The search is focused on an area inside of the Olympic Nation Park near Mt Cruiser and around the Staircase camping grounds.  The search has been hampered by severe weather conditions.

As of today, we have been conducting the search with assets from Olympic Mountain Rescue, helicopter support out of Whidbey Island Naval Air Station, and units from Mason, Thurston, and Pierce County Search and Rescue units.

Search continues.