Woman's body found in Carnation, could be missing resident

Two hikers in Tolt-MacDonald park may have ended a month-long man hunt with their discovery in Tolt-MacDonald Park Thursday afternoon.

The pair discovered the body of a woman as they explored the King County Park, just outside the city of Carnation. The victim has not been positively identified by the King County Medical Examiner yet, but she could be Carnation resident Lorene Bardy, missing since early Thursday morning, April 26.

"We don't know (it's Bardy), but we think that there's a good possibility," said King County Sheriff's spokesperson Cindi West. "It's very close to where she lived."

The hikers had left a park trail when they found the body near some water, West said.

"There did not appear to be foul play, but we won't know until the medical examiner's office states an official cause of death," she added.

Bardy, 53, reportedly had a life-threatening medical condition, which was treated by medication. However, her medications were found at her home after her disappearance.

Sheriff's deputies have conducted several searches for Bardy, in the area around her home, in the 29200 block of Northeast 52nd Street.

"We spent a lot of time looking for her," West said.

Because of Bardy's health issues, she added, if the body found Thursday is identified as Bardy, it would be a surprise to search and rescue staff, "that she was as far away from the house as she was."


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