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Snohomish County Search and Rescue finds missing hikers

The Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue team is searching for two missing hikers at Downey Creek trailhead north of Glacier Peak.
Missing Downey Creek hikers. Photo courtesy of Snohomish County Sheriff's Office.

August 28, 2019, update.

At around 2:00 pm on Wednesday, August 28th, the Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue team located two missing hikers near Sulphur Creek.

The first hiker located was 59 year-old David James. He was flown by SnoHawk10 to Darrington and transported by aid to Cascade Valley Hospital for medical treatment.

About an hour later, 64 year-old Marshall “Buster” Cabe was located by ground searchers, flown out by SnoHawk10 and transported home.

James told rescuers they had been out of food for five days and he didn’t think he would have survived another 24 hours.

The two hikers left on Downey Creek Trail on August 16th and were expected to return from their hike on August 23rd.

On August 26th , family members called 911 to report the hikers missing and Snohomish County SAR launched a search operation.

Thanks go out to the many agencies and volunteers from Snohomish County Volunteer Search and Rescue, Everett Mountain Rescue, King County SAR, Pierce County SAR, Skagit County SAR, Seattle Mountain Rescue, and Tacoma Mountain Rescue who assisted with this search operation.

Original August 27, 2019, article.

By Courtney O’Keefe, Communications Specialist, Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office.

The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue team is searching for two missing hikers at Downey Creek trailhead north of Glacier Peak.

David James and Marshall “Buster” Cabe left on Friday, August 16, 2019, and were expected to return on Friday, August 23rd.

Family members called 911 on Monday, August 26th, to report the hikers missing.

The hikers had food and supplies to last one week and family members believe their intended route was Downey Creek Trail to Bachelor Creek to Cub Lake. 

Anyone with information about their whereabouts is asked to call 911.

Search and Rescue, SNOHAWK10, Snohomish County Volunteer Search and Rescue, Everett Mountain Rescue, King County SAR, Seattle Mountain Rescue and Tacoma Mountain Rescue, continue to search for the missing hikers.

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