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Mitzi Johanknecht


Two teens die while Snowshoeing in Snoqualmie/Apental area

Summary

Friends, 17 and 18 year old males from Bellevue, went snowshoeing last night in the Alpental/ Snow Lake area of Snoqualmie Pass in the backwoods. One of the teens was an experienced snowshoer, both teens were wearing avalanche beacons. The parents of the teens called 911 around 2100 hours Sunday Evening 02/25/18, after the teens did not return home as expected.

Story

Searchers were unable to search last night for the missing teens because of treacherous conditions including extreme avalanche dangers.  This morning 02/26/18 around 8 AM, King County Search and Rescue crews were able to begin searching.  With the help of GPS on one of the teen’s phones they were able to get a longitude/latitude of where they were generally located.  At one point the searchers themselves had to pull out because of another avalanche that they were concerned would occur.  When search and rescue was able to go back to the area a short time later they found the teens, unfortunately they were deceased due to an avalanche.  

Reminder: Please check weather conditions at the pass prior to any outdoor activity in the area as more snow is due tonight.