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June 22, 2014

Search ongoing for outdoors writer on Mt. Rainier

MOUNT RAINIER NATIONAL PARK, Wash. (AP) — Rescuers on Mount Rainier are spending a third day searching for well-known outdoors writer Karen Sykes, who hasn't been seen since she separated from her hiking partner on Wednesday.

The National Park Service said six ground crews, including two dog teams, were combing an expanded search area near the Owyhigh Lakes Trail on Rainier's east side. Rescuers also searched by air.

The 70-year-old Sykes was reportedly working on a story when she and her partner encountered snow at about 5,000 feet. Her partner stayed as she went on, with the idea that they'd reconvene, but she never turned up.

The partner reported her missing at 10:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Sykes has written numerous hiking stories for online publications and newspapers, as well as a book about hikes in western Washington.

She had adequate survival gear to camp overnight, the park service said.

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