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(left to right) Rachel Lakoduk, Betsy Tripp 

MOSES LAKE - The mother of a missing Moses Lake woman who disappeared into the north cascade wilderness in Skagit County last month says a rescuer fell at least 100 ft. while looking for her daughter.

Still missing is Rachel Lakoduk, she disappeared on Oct. 17 after hiking in the Hidden Lake area near Marblemount. Search and Rescue crews suspended their search for Rachel last week.

On Monday, Lakoduk’s mother, Betsy Tripp, stated on her Facebook profile that a rescuer was injured during the search for her daughter. 

She says an SAR member “slipped off the trail two weeks ago” and dropped “over 100 feet. Tripp says the rescuer used his ax and plunge to self-arrest into the mountain to save his fall. During the fall, Tripp says the SAR member fractured his elbow, injured his hip and thigh. Tripp added that the SAR member needed to be rescued off the mountain.

iFIBER ONE News has reached out several times to the Skagit County Sheriff’s Office to inquire about further details behind Lakoduk’s disappearance but sheriff’s officials remain mum.

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