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Happy ending to sheriff’s office search for missing 7-year-old girl in North Cascades

The North Cascades Highway traverses the Cascade Range in an east-west direction. It’s the most dangerous road for motorcyclists, according to a report from a Seattle law firm.
The North Cascades Highway traverses the Cascade Range in an east-west direction. It’s the most dangerous road for motorcyclists, according to a report from a Seattle law firm. Getty Images/iStockphoto

The search for a 7-year-old girl who went missing Saturday night, May 25, in near Newhalem, Wash., had a happy ending Sunday evening with the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office announcing she was found safe and healthy.

According to a post on the sheriff’s office’s Facebook page, the girl went missing from North Cascades National Park at approximately 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

Sheriff’s Search and Rescue deputies, along with search and rescue volunteers, assisted the National Park Service, according to the post.

“Prayers are needed for her safe return to her family,” the post said.

According to a story published by komonews.com, Gwynn Dilstrom was last seen at the Lower Goodell Group Campground. She was wearing a black, long, sleep shirt with a cat picture on it and purple leggings. She was described as 4 feet tall and approximately 60 pounds with blond hair.

A mountain guide explains how to use your smart phone as a GPS device while traveling far away from cell service.

David Rasbach joined The Bellingham Herald in 2005 and now covers breaking news. He has been an editor and writer in several western states since 1994.

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