CHINOOK PASS, Wash. – A woman who survived a motorcycle crash in the Cascade Mountains and then disappeared for days has been found alive, the Kittitas County Sheriff’s Office reports.
The woman, Kaylynn Johnson, 20, of Union Gap, was found near the Pacific Crest Trail. According to personnel in the field, she was scratched up some and dehydrated but appeared to be in good shape otherwise.
“This country is very easy to get turned around in, but it appears she never quit trying. … This is a prayer answered for her friends and family,” said Kittitas County Undersheriff Clayton Myers
Myers says Johnson was riding on a 1974 Harley Davidson motorcycle with 61-year-old Patrick Frawley of Yakima on June 23 when they were involved in a crash on a back road north of Highway 410 and plunged over an embankment.
Frawley managed to walk out of the woods June 26 at around 3 p.m. near the Woodshed Restaurant on Highway 410 and was transported to Yakima Memorial Hospital by ambulance with non-life threatening injuries, disoriented and dehydrated.
Frawley told Kittitas County detectives that, after the wreck, he and Johnson walked until dark, built a fire and spent the first night on a small landing. The next day, due to his health and slow pace, Johnson headed down to find help. That was the last time he saw Johnson. It took him two more days to work his way out.
A search was launched and a team located the crashed motorcycle and the fire pit where the two spent the first night. But there was no sign of Johnson, who had no camping gear and was wearing a pink tank top, shorts, and a Harley-Davidson jacket.
The search effort continued and expanded over the following days as dozens of teams used search dogs, 4-by-4 vehicles and horses to comb the rough terrain in the area.
Johnson finally was located over the weekend and brought safely out of the mountains.