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'You go from hope to despair': Hiker missing for four days rescued

Kimberly Haines sits in an ambulance after being rescued off Mount Teneriffe (KOMO Photo)

NORTH BEND, Wash. (KOMO) - A woman missing on Mount Teneriffe since Monday has been found and rescued.

Rescue crews were able to finally make cell phone contact with Kimberly Haines after she had been missing for four days. Officials were able to pinpoint her position off her cell signal and a search helicopter brought her off the mountain a short time later.

She is apparently suffering from a head injury but sat up in an ambulance to greet family and friends after she was flown to a North Bend park.

"I'm OK, I'm OK," she said to family and friends as she sat in the back of an ambulance before being taken to an Issaquah hospital.

"It's amazing," said Karen Haines, Kimberly Haines' mother-in-law. "You go from hope to despair. You've can't describe it."

Haines hadn't been seen since she went out for a trail run Monday morning.

"After several days of searching, with crews spending the night on the mountain, out using dogs, horses, ATVs, helicopters to help find Kimberly, we made voice contact with Kimberly today and have GPS coordinates where we believe she is at," said Sgt. B.J. Myers with the King County Sheriff's Office just after Haines' phone call was received..

Haines is described as an experienced hiker. She went out at about 9 a.m. Monday with her dog to the Mount Teneriffe trail head, said Cindi West of the King County Sheriff's Office. She planned to jog a 15-mile loop.

The woman's family became worried when she did not return by 6 p.m., which is about what time she usually returns home from a run. Family members went to the trailhead but couldn't find her. Her car was there.

Search crews were called in and they worked throughout the night but did not find the missing woman or her dog, West said.

Haines' dog was safely rescued as well and was being taken to a local veterinarian to be checked out, but appeared OK.

"Rainey would never leave her side," Karen Haines said.

West said Haines is an experienced hiker, but that she had never hiked the Mount Teneriffe trail before.

Haines has been a fifth-grade teacher at Maplewood Parent Cooperative in the Edmonds School District since the start of the 2014-15 school year, school officials said. She was a teacher at Edmonds Elementary prior to that.


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