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Missing Indigenous women advocate reunited with family

Friends of Hendrickson told KING 5 that she called authorities in the early morning hours Sunday and was reunited with her family.

LYNNWOOD, Wash. — The search for missing Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women advocate Chelsea Hendrickson ended after she was reunited with family, according to friends.

Friends of Hendrickson told KING 5 that she called authorities in the early morning hours Sunday and was reunited with her family.

Hendrickson had been missing since June 7, 2022.

Friends and family members began the search after they said they had not seen her, which was unusual. 

Family, friends and searchers with several local nonprofits including the Yarrow Project, Mother Nation, Missing and Murdered Native Americans, and MMIWP Families canvassed this weekend looking for Hendrickson.

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"We want her to come home, come home, be somewhere safe, and never have to experience this again, just come home please," Janell Hendrickson, Chelsea's sister, said during the search efforts.

Hendrickson, a well-known advocate, has spent years bringing voice to the crisis of missing and murdered Indigenous women, advocating for efforts to help find them.

“My office is in communication with community advocates to offer support and spread the word," Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson said in a statement before Hendrickson was found. "The rates of violence against Indigenous women and people are unacceptable. We stand with the organizers on the ground.”

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