Overdue hiker found uninjured on Mount St. Helens

By Paul Suarez, Columbian freelance

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Updated: October 3, 2011, 7:05 PM

 

Officials on Monday morning found an overdue climber on Mount St. Helens who had been missing since Sunday night.

Search and rescue personnel made contact with Lori Williams, 55, of Aurora around 8:30 a.m. Monday and reached her a short time later. She was uninjured and in good spirits, according to a release from the Skamania County Sheriff’s Office.

Williams was last seen Sunday afternoon around 3:30 p.m., about 500 feet below the summit. Her climbing party turned around because of weather and a sick climber, but Williams continued, the release said.

The climbing party called the sheriff’s office just before 8 p.m. to report Williams was overdue.

Around 10 p.m., Sunday members from the Volcano Rescue Team from North Country EMS climbed the mountain to search for Williams. Weather and heavy fog hampered the search efforts overnight, the release said.

Around 15 searchers from multiple agencies were involved with the search.