Seattle mushroom picker missing near Lake Wenatchee

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by KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on June 12, 2013 at 11:21 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jun 12 at 6:03 PM

Chelan County search and rescue teams headed out in the Lake Wenatchee area today to look for a Seattle woman who was last seen Saturday morning.

Seattle resident Hildegard Hendrickson, 79, was on a day trip to pick mushrooms in the Basalt Peak area, according to a release from the Chelan County Sheriff.

Her friends say her car was found unlocked with the windows down. They say she would never have wandered farther than a half mile from her car.

"She's tough," said Marian Maxwell, president of the Puget Sound Mycological Society. "If anyone is going to survive out there it's her. She's very determined. She knows the woods well, but she's 79 years old and she had a bad knee, and we're very worried about her."

Hendrickson is known for her passion for hunting mushrooms and knowledge of mushroom types. She is a former Seattle University professor, who retired in 1996 after almost 30 years with the MBA degree program.

Hendrickson was born in Yugoslavia and moved to the U.S. to pursue a university education. She received her bachelor's, master's, and doctorate degree from the University of Washington.

Her vehicle was located in the Chikamin Gulch area and the search began Tuesday night.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office through the RiverCom dispatch at (509) 663-9911.

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