Search suspended for missing mushroom picker

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Mushrrom pickerCHELAN COUNTY — Police suspended the active search for a 79-year-old woman missing in Chelan County since June 8.

Hildegard Hendrickson was last seen near the Minnow Creek Trail and Basalt Peak area in west

The search was called off Monday, a day after eight separate dog teams and 50 ground searches continued their “massive effort” to find the missing woman, the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office said.

Hendrickson is known as a mushroom expert who has been actively hunting and identifying various species for nearly 40 years.  Family and fellow mushroom hunters have all told Sheriff’s Office search coordinators that Hendrickson primarily stays near the roads and trails while attempting to locate and collect mushrooms.

She is a white female, 5’4″ tall, 180 pounds with gray hair and gray eyes. She was last seen with her silver metal collection basket and a blue hiking pole while wearing a tan vest with pockets, a white or light straw hat, and glasses.

Anyone with additional information concerning Hendrickson is encouraged to contact the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office at 509-667-6864.

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