Hiker dies in Kittitas County

---KITTITAS COUNTY SHERIFF NEWS RELEASE--- On July 28, 2012 at around 11:35 PM, Kittitas County Sheriff's Deputies were dispatched to the Mineral Creek Area, which is in the National Forest, approximately 25 miles northwest of Cle Elum, for a report that 54 year old Seattle resident Aram "Chris" Abajian died while hiking in the area with a friend. That friend performed CPR on the victim for at least two hours, before walking out for help.

The initial investigation indicates Chris possibly went down a steep embankment. KCSO Deputies and Kittitas County Search and Rescue volunteers were working with a helicopter team from the Snohomish County Sheriff's Office to recover the body. The next of kin have been notified.

The recovery process and investigation are still in progress.