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PostWed Jun 12, 2019 12:01 am 
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(* didn't see this incident posted anywhere. sorry if this is a duplicate. *)

Tuesday, May 28, 2019 15:08 PDT

Olympic National Park News Release   

Search in Progress for Missing Person


PORT ANGELES, WA: A search (SAR) began in Olympic National Park on Monday, May 27 after receiving a 911 call at 5:45 pm for a missing person.   A 35 year old female was reported missing after entering the water at Lake Crescent with a personal inflatable raft. 

Park Rangers immediately searched by boat and with the assistance of the U.S. Navy, conducted an aerial search operation looking for any signs of the missing woman.  Rangers worked well into the night on the SAR effort and resumed the search by boat at 6:00 am on Tuesday, May 28. The National Park Service enlisted the assistance of the U.S. Coast Guard on Tuesday, May 28 to continue aerial observations.  NPS resources are being utilized on the SAR for both water and land searches.  Additional resources are being contacted out of Mason County and Kitsap County for assistance.   

A hasty search found no evidence of the woman in the area of Lake Crescent.

We ask anyone who visited the shores of Lake Crescent from Barnes Point to Fairholm on Monday, May 27 between the hours of noon and 6:00 pm and observed the use of a "white unicorn personal inflatable raft" to please call or text Olympic National Park immediately on the Investigative Tip Line (888) 653-0009.  You don't have to tell us who you are, but please tell us what you know. Information from other visitors and boaters is often extremely valuable during searches.

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Wednesday May 29, 2019 11:12 PDT

Olympic National Park News Release

Search Expands for Missing Woman at Lake Crescent


PORT ANGELES, WA: A search (SAR) began in Olympic National Park on Monday, May 27 after receiving a 911 call at 5:45 pm for a missing person.  Lena Lang, age 35 of Federal Way, was last seen shortly before the 911 call on the waters of Lake Crescent with a personal inflatable raft.

Park Rangers began to search by boat and with the assistance of the U.S. Navy, conducted an aerial search operation looking for any signs of the missing woman.  Rangers worked well into Monday night resumed the search by boat and air on Tuesday, May 28. The National Park Service enlisted the assistance of the U.S. Coast Guard on Tuesday, May 28 to continue aerial observations.  NPS resources are being utilized on the SAR for both water and land searches. Additional resources are being brought in Wednesday including the Kitsap County Dive Team and the Clallam County Sheriffs Office.

“Search efforts have been expanded so that all possibilities can be explored,” said acting superintendent Lee Taylor. “We appreciate the expertise of the Kitsap County Dive Team, Clallam County, U.S Coast Guard and the U.S. Navy to aid in the search.”

We ask anyone who visited the shores of Lake Crescent from Barnes Point to Fairholme on Monday, May 27 between the hours of noon and 6:00 pm and observed the use of a "white unicorn personal inflatable raft" to please call or text Olympic National Park immediately on the Investigative Tip Line (888) 653-0009.  You don't have to tell us who you are, but please tell us what you know. Information from other visitors and boaters is often extremely valuable during searches.

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Thursday May 30, 2019 14:46 PDT

Olympic National Park News Release

Search Continues for Missing Woman at Lake Crescent


PORT ANGELES, WA: A search (SAR) began in Olympic National Park on Monday, May 27 after receiving a 911 call at 5:45 pm for a missing person.  Lena Lang, age 35 of Federal Way, was last seen shortly before the 911 call on the waters of Lake Crescent with a personal inflatable raft.

Park Rangers continue to search both by boat and on land. The U.S. Navy and the U.S. Coast Guard have conducted aerial search operations. On Wednesday, Olympic National Park used underwater sonar mapping and remote operated vehicles (ROV) to identify the highest probability search areas for the Kitsap County Dive Team.  A boat from the Clallam County Sheriffs Office joined the search effort Wednesday. 

“Divers were able to reach depths of 100 feet,” said acting superintendent Lee Taylor. “We have requested a ROV with special equipment and two operators from Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. This technology will allow us to explore deeper into the lake waters.”

We ask anyone who visited the shores of Lake Crescent from Barnes Point to Fairholme on Monday, May 27 between the hours of noon and 6:00 pm and observed the use of a "white unicorn personal inflatable raft" to please call or text Olympic National Park immediately on the Investigative Tip Line (888) 653-0009.  You don't have to tell us who you are, but please tell us what you know. Information from other visitors and boaters is often extremely valuable during searches.

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Friday May 31, 2019 16:17 PDT

Olympic National Park News Release

Request for Information Related to Missing Woman at Lake Crescent


PORT ANGELES, WA: A search (SAR) began in Olympic National Park on Monday, May 27 after receiving a 911 call at 5:45 pm for a missing person.  Lena Lang, age 35 of Federal Way, was last seen shortly before the 911 call on the waters of Lake Crescent with a personal inflatable raft. The National Park Service enlisted the assistance of outside agencies and they continue to search both by water and land.

Rangers received a tip that on Monday, May 27th that a woman was seen carrying a deflated unicorn raft out of the woods and drove away in a dark colored SUV between the hours of 5:20 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. from a lakeside pull out near mile marker 226. The woman in question is not the missing woman, Lena Lang. We ask that anyone who may have seen this SUV or woman please call or text Olympic National Park immediately on the Investigative Tip Line (888) 653-0009.  You don't have to tell us who you are, but please tell us what you know. Information from other visitors and boaters is often extremely valuable during searches.

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PostWed Jun 12, 2019 8:44 am 
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I googled for more info
.. seems lena was a porn star...
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PostWed Jun 12, 2019 12:55 pm 
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This whole thing is sounding a little off tilt, BUT....

My parents tipped over their sailboat in LC when I was a teenager in the 80s (dad and that d**n spinnaker, he just couldn't NOT use it). Thank goodness they'd let us kids go do our own thing that day. I think it was March or something like that, certainly well before people repopulated the vacation cabins out there, and my folks held on to the hull of the boat a long time before help finally arrived. A passing car had spotted them and called 911.

Anyone who's stuck a toe in that water will remember quite well how cold it is.

Really hope this gal is OK and it's all a hoax. The alternative is much worse.  frown.gif

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PostWed Jun 12, 2019 5:10 pm 
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I'm hoping Lena has slipped out the back, Jack, and set herself free. . .
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In a rather candid phone conversation regarding this incident, I was told that in situations where people drown in water that is as cold as in Lake Crescent, their bodies do not bloat up and float to the surface as quickly as they would in warmer water.
(Anybody recall the married couple that drove off the highway in their automobile and were at the bottom of the lake for over half a century before they were retrieved from the depths?)
It may well be the case that this young lady met a tragic end.
I find the speculative comment regarding her occupation to be rather obtuse and in extremely poor taste.

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PostThu Jun 13, 2019 3:27 pm 
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Ski wrote:
(Anybody recall the married couple that drove off the highway in their automobile and were at the bottom of the lake for over half a century before they were retrieved from the depths?)

I think I recall something about this vaguely. In any event, someone going into Lake Crescent without any firm 'yeah they got out and they're alive' afterwards has always been a very grim prospect. I really hope she's OK.

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PostFri Jun 14, 2019 6:00 am 
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I saw this reported the day after and have been wondering if she was found. Seems with the extent of the search they would of at least found the pool floaty she embarked on. Just kind of weird.
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PostFri Jun 14, 2019 9:33 am 
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Gregory wrote:
I saw this reported the day after and have been wondering if she was found. Seems with the extent of the search they would of at least found the pool floaty she embarked on. Just kind of weird.

The May 31 update could easily explain that.  Someone saw it just floating or sitting on the shore, then said "hey free toy", picked it up and drove off with it.
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PostFri Jun 14, 2019 4:07 pm 
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Ski wrote:
Anybody recall the married couple that drove off the highway in their automobile and were at the bottom of the lake for over half a century before they were retrieved from the depths?

Before my time.

I am old enough to have heard about the incident that gave "Ambulance Point" its name. On August 27, 1956 an ambulance carrying an injured logger to a hospital in Port Angeles went off the road and into the lake, The driver and attendant got out. Their patient, strapped to the gurney, did not.
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PostFri Jun 14, 2019 6:48 pm 
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I remember hearing stories of “the lady of the lake” who fell in some time or was a murder victim. Supposedly she moved around for years until the body was found. When found it had turned into a soaplike substance, or so I was told by my parents. You can still google the story as I read it a few years ago. eek.gif

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