MOUNT VERNON – The disappearance of a hiker on Sauk Mountain in the North Cascades has left Skagit County searchers questioning whether she's there.
“The most likely scenario is she wandered off and got lost,” sheriff’s chief deputy Will Reichardt said Tuesday.
But officials have to consider other possibilities as they look for Patricia Kreiger.
“There’s some evidence to indicate from the search dogs, maybe she walked out,” Reichardt said. “We have to start dealing with the idea maybe she came off.
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“We’re not closed-minded to the possibility there is foul play.”
The search was suspended Monday, although a volunteer helicopter pilot continued checking logging roads Tuesday.
She and her fiancé went up the 5,500-foot mountain near Rockport on Saturday in a group of a half-dozen people to spread the ashes of her fiancé’s parents.