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Missing Hiker Found Alive 5/18/2011
An off-duty Washington State Patrol trooper who had been missing in the remote and avalanche-prone North Cascade Mountains has been found alive and in good condition. Dan Anderson had been trying to cross the mountains from west to east through the Glacier Peak Wilderness when he activated his emergency signal beacon Sunday. A ground search crew found 46-year-old Dan Anderson about 9 p.m last night.

Anderson set out Friday with two friends then continued alone by planning to spend Saturday night at Lyman Lake before reaching Holden Village.

Crews, assisted by helicopters, followed what they believed to be Anderson's snowshoe tracks at the 4,000-foot level of a drainage near a creek on Monday and concentrated their search in that area yesterday. Searchers located Anderson as darkness was settling in and the search was about to be called off for the day.

Anderson is an experienced back country hiker and was well equipped to survive in the wilderness. He was carrying a GPS-equipped Satellite Emergency Notification Device which eventually led searchers to his location.