Hiker missing from Olympia has been found unharmed, Olympic National Park says
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A hiker from Olympia who went missing in the Olympic National Park on Wednesday was found on Sunday morning, the park announced around noon on Twitter.
“Cheri Keller has been located and search and rescue teams are working to get her out of the park by helicopter and reunite her with her family,” the tweet read. “More information will be available this afternoon.”
Keller, 56, was found at 11 a.m. on Sunday, the National Park Service said in updated information.
A Guardian II helicopter from the King County Sheriff’s Office spotted Keller off-road in a basin east of Mt. Steel, according to the park department. The helicopter was able to land and transport her to Sanderson Field Airport in Shelton. From there, Keller was transported in stable condition by ambulance to Mason County Hospital.
Keller was last seen by her group of hikers around 11:30 a.m. Wednesday near the Home Sweet Home camp in the park’s southeast region, the National Park Service said in a press release.
According to the statement, Keller’s hiking group lost sight of her after leaving Camp Home Sweet Home for Camp Pleasant. Although they were only meant for a lunch break, their stay at Camp Pleasant extended through the night while they waited for Keller.
The next day, two members of the group walked to the Staircase campsite and reported Keller missing at around 10 a.m. The other members of the group searched for her but could not find her.
Search and rescue personnel began their search on Thursday.