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PostTue Nov 08, 2022 9:38 pm 
That's very worrisome with the cold temperatures. Hoping for her safe return.

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PostWed Nov 09, 2022 3:26 pm 
Still nothing. Nothing. No clues, none of her gear found; not a trace. The family is reaching out to "several non profits" that may be able to "look into" it once SAR has done all they can. I don't know what that means (as in, what non profit would continue the search), or when that will be, but they have been searching for 9 days; yet the weather is still favorable (for them to search, not for a lost, likely wet, hiker).

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PostWed Nov 09, 2022 4:29 pm 
Fedor wrote:
That's very worrisome with the cold temperatures. Hoping for her safe return.
A huge part of the worrisome bit is that this is a straight forward trail. If she mistakenly took the Graves Creek trail instead of the Quinault, I could understand getting lost and/or off trail. Otherwise the trail to Enchanted Valley is just a river walk. Noname and Pyrite Creeks can be challenging if the water is high. Trying to figure out what happened and thus where to look is a head scratcher. Rumi

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PostWed Nov 09, 2022 5:14 pm 
RumiDude wrote:
Fedor wrote:
That's very worrisome with the cold temperatures. Hoping for her safe return.
A huge part of the worrisome bit is that this is a straight forward trail. If she mistakenly took the Graves Creek trail instead of the Quinault, I could understand getting lost and/or off trail. Otherwise the trail to Enchanted Valley is just a river walk. Noname and Pyrite Creeks can be challenging if the water is high. Trying to figure out what happened and thus where to look is a head scratcher.
A head scratcher for sure. A family member stated in the Facebook group that the current focus of the search is the area between Pony Bridge and Fire Creek.

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PostWed Nov 09, 2022 5:37 pm 
Hoping for a good outcome. Most lost hikers are thankfully found by Search and Rescue wonderfully volunteers fairly effectively, but there are outlier cases, let us hope this doesn't end up that way. https://www.strangeoutdoors.com/mysterious-stories-blog/geraldine-largay

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PostThu Nov 10, 2022 12:15 pm 
A statement from the family of Laura Macke. Today Search and Rescue has determined Laura’s survivability is not expected. Limited Continuous Searching will occur as technology and weather conditions align. The family would like to thank Olympic National Park, the many Search and Rescue personal and you for your support in this difficult time.

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PostThu Nov 10, 2022 12:48 pm 
My condolences to Laura's family and friends.

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PostThu Nov 10, 2022 1:34 pm 
Incredibly sad news and heartbreaking for the family. Peace and condolences! Rumi

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PostThu Nov 10, 2022 2:51 pm 
I am very sad for Laura and her family. I am proud that many at NWHikers showed that they cared so much. I only hope that in the near future Laura's family will get some final closure, which is but a small consolation for a loss so great.

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PostThu Nov 10, 2022 7:02 pm 
It's always so sad to hear of a missing hiker. My condolences to Laura's friends and family.

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PostThu Nov 10, 2022 7:24 pm 
Sad and bad. I've been thinking of her several times a day. I remember a German woman getting stuck on the PCT several years ago and this electronic community connecting the dots for a positive ending. Was hoping for a repeat of that. RIP hiker Laura, condolences to her friends and family.

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PostFri Nov 11, 2022 8:38 am 
So many people and organizations devoted their time to trying to find her. This is very impressive. Olympic National Park partnered with 19 agencies on this search effort: Mount Rainier National Park, Olympic Mountain Rescue, Jefferson County Search and Rescue, Clallam County Search and Rescue, Tacoma Mountain Rescue, Pierce County Search and Rescue, Mason County Search and Rescue, Pierce County German Shepherd Search Dogs, Snohomish County German Shepherd Search Dogs, Kitsap County Search and Rescue K9, Mason County Search and Rescue K9, Pierce County Explorers Search and Rescue, Kitsap County Explorers Search and Rescue, King County Search and Rescue, Quinault Indian Nation, Wildlife Enforcement Program, Washington State Search and Rescue Planning Unit, US Coast Guard, US Customs & Border Patrol, Air & Marine Operations, and US Navy, Search & Rescue. Olympic National Park also works closely with the NPS Investigative Services Branch.

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PostSat Nov 12, 2022 5:19 pm 
Family posted today "A piece of equipment belonging to Laura was recovered from the area of her expected hike. Focused drone searching in this area continues." That's significant news since it eliminates a myriad of other possibilities.

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PostSat Nov 19, 2022 1:25 pm 
Reminds me of Shirley Baumann on the Quartz Creek trail in North Bend a couple years ago. Still no body. Folks please do not hike alone in remote areas unless you have the essentials.

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