Lynnwood hiker found dead in the Cascades had drowned in accident, coroner says

Blanca Lake hiking NW Washington, 2006

EVERETT, Wash. – A 33-year-old Lynnwood man who left Monday for a day hike to Blanca Lake in the Cascades was found dead on Tuesday.

On Wednesday, the Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the man as Steven T. Le.

The office listed the cause of death as drowning and the method of death as an accident.

Search and rescue team began searching for the 33-year-old man after midnight Tuesday when family members said he didn’t return home.

About 10 hours later, search and rescue crews found the man in Troublesome Creek, which connects to Blanca Lake.

The lake is about 50 miles northeast of Seattle.