SEATTLE (AP) — Friends are mourning a well-known outdoors writer and wilderness inspiration who had been missing for three days on Mount Rainier after searchers said they recovered a body.
Mount Rainier National Park says it will be up to the Pierce County medical examiner to confirm that the woman found Saturday afternoon was 70-year-old Karen Sykes of Seattle.
Sykes separated from her hiking partner Wednesday in the Owyhigh (oh-WHY'-high) Lakes area east of the summit.
Park spokeswoman Patti Wold says the body was found off-trail, about halfway down a steep hillside above Boundary Creek. She didn't know whether it was apparent that the woman had fallen or what caused the death. It remains under investigation.
Sykes wrote trail reviews for online publications and newspapers and led group hikes.