UPDATE | August 23rd
A message from Shirley Baumann’s daughter, Jane-
“I would people to know my mom is still missing in the Middle Fork area off the Quartz Creek trail on the way to Lake Blethen. If people are going out hiking in the area to keep their eyes open for any sign of her. She is my best friend and I just want her home.“
“I know she is still out there somewhere she can’t just vanish. A beloved person in the community, people saw her almost every day working with the flowers at Ace Hardware, riding her bike, or walking the Snoqualmie Valley Trail. She loved to help the homeless community buying them sleeping bags or ground mats, even tents. I know she is missed by many. I just really want my mom and best friend back.”
Our original story quoted KCSO as saying her car was found at the trailhead. We now have updated information that says in fact her car was not found at the trailhead but that her son dropped her off the day she went to camp. Her gear and tent were found at her campsite that was located approximately 2 to 2.5 miles up the Quartz Creek Trail.
Friends and family continue to search for answers to Shirley’s disappearance and ask anyone with information on her location to call 911 and/or the King County Sheriff’s Office at 206-296-3311.
Friend and family of North Bend resident Shirley Baumann are still looking for answers to her disappearance after she went hiking to Lake Blethen on July 20, 2020 and didn’t return on July 22nd as planned.
According to King County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Ryan Abbott, Search and Rescue volunteers have spent over 3,000 hours searching for 61-year old Baumann in the Snoqualmie River Middle Fork area of North Bend. She was last seen hiking near Quartz Creek Trail.
Baumann is a very experienced hiker. A friend said she hikes almost every week. She is 5’4′, 145 pounds, has hazel eyes and blonde hair.
Sgt Abbott said the area she was in has many large cliffs, making it hard to search on foot. He described the area as treacherous terrain.
Abbott said crews found Baumann’s car at an area trailhead and a friend said dogs were able to pick up her scent on the trail and near her campsite.
After King County Search conducted an extensive ground search in late July, they also searched by air using drones and helicopters.
Sgt. Abbott said King County SAR plans to conduct another ground search for Baumann soon, but he wasn’t sure of the exact date when that would occur.
Anyone who was in the Middle Fork area at the time Shirley went missing and may have seen her, or has any information, is asked to please call 911.