Search underway for missing kayaker

Margaret Baker

Margaret Baker

LAKE CRESCENT — Search and rescue teams were combing Lake Crescent on Monday for signs of a missing Port Angeles woman whose red kayak was found Saturday near Barnes Point, Olympic National Park officials said.

Margaret Baker, 60, was reported as missing by a family member who had been unable to reach her, Olympic National Park spokeswoman Penny Wagner said Monday.

Baker had parked in a pull-out on East Beach Road, Wagner said. Her kayak was discovered at about 6:45 p.m. Saturday along U.S. Highway 101 near milepost 229.

“On Sunday, multiple searches were conducted by boat by park rangers with the assistance of the Clallam County Sheriff’s Office and Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife,” Wagner said.

“Park rangers were also assisted by a search and rescue dive team and search dogs from Kitsap County as well as the German shepherd search dogs of Washington state.”

Rangers continued to search the lake Monday and were working to organize additional dive teams, Wagner said.

Baker is described as being 5-foot-6 and about 160 pounds.

Anyone with information on Baker’s whereabouts or who was in the East Beach Road area Friday or Saturday is asked to call the park’s investigative tip line at 888-653-0009.

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Reporter Rob Ollikainen can be reached at rollikainen@peninsuladailynews.com.

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