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Crews find body of fallen hiker in Cascades

Tue., July 5, 2011

LEAVENWORTH, Wash. – A 21-year-old Eatonville, Wash., woman was killed Sunday when she fell into a crevasse while hiking near Aasgard Pass in the Cascades, police said.

The woman has been identified as Julia A. Rutherford. She was a college student and lived in Parkland, Wash.

Chelan County Sheriff’s Lt. Maria Agnew said that Rutherford was hiking with her boyfriend and two other people in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness when she slid down a snowy surface and disappeared over an edge into a hole about 5 feet wide.

Rutherford’s boyfriend heard her scream, but was unable to reach her, Agnew said. He told authorities he saw a cut under the snowpack that led into a crevasse with water rushing under it, but there was no sign of his girlfriend.

Rescue crews found her dead in the crevasse shortly before 7 p.m. She was wedged between a boulder and the snowpack, Agnew said.

Aasgard Pass, officially identified as Colchuck Pass, is on the east side of the Cascades and about 6 miles southwest of Leavenworth. It is the steeper of two primary hiking routes into the Enchantments, one of Washington’s most popular hiking areas.

The pass separates Colchuck Lake from the Upper Enchantment Basin.


 

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