Walker’s wife calls for help
As the hiker hadn’t returned home by the time darkness fell, his wife rang the emergency services to report him missing in the early hours of the following morning. The man didn’t leave a note to say where he was intending to walk, but this didn’t deter the search and rescue teams. His wife knew that he had recently researched geocaching locations on his home computer, and when she checked his computer history, she found details of searches in the Evans Creek area.
Search and Rescue teams begin their search
Once it was daylight, emergency rescue teams along with deputies from Pierce County Sheriff’s office began looking in the Evans Creek location. When the hiker’s phone records were checked, it was known that he had used his mobile in the location of Alder Lake, so the search and rescue teams homed in on this area too. The rescue party did actually locate a truck that had driven over an embankment on the Mountain Highway, around block 49800, but when they lowered themselves down to investigate, it turned out it was a stolen vehicle that had been abandoned.
Missing hiker’s vehicle is found
An hour later, the rescue patrol located the man’s car on Mashel Prairie Road and inside they discovered a list of the different geocache localities he planned to visit. They intended to visit each place and immediately set off to begin their search. Just a short while later, one of the rescue team heard a dog barking, and he trailed the sound.
He spotted Daisy, the hiker’s dog, on a steep hillside above the Mashel River. After 30 minutes of difficult trekking through woodland and bushes, he came across the man who died. His loyal dog had stayed by his side for two days, until the search and rescue team discovered them.
Hiker’s body is retrieved
Assistance was called and the man’s body was recovered and taken to hospital. It was later discovered by the Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office that the man died from heart disease. Daisy, his loyal dog, was returned home.
The Sheriff’s Department commented in a press release that without the help of Daisy, who remained with the hiker until help appeared, his body might never have been found.