Woman drowns in Sammamish Plateau lake

August 14, 2012

By Warren Kagarise

Police said a 66-year-old woman drowned in a Sammamish Plateau pond in the Klahanie area Aug. 8.

Sgt. Cindi West, King County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman, said the woman drowned in Rainbow Lake at Issaquah-Pine Lake Road Southeast and Southeast 44th Street before 7:45 p.m. The woman’s family called police after she failed to return from a walk and missed a medical appointment.

Police do not suspect foul play in the incident.

Officials at the King County Medical Examiner’s Office did not release the woman’s name by Aug. 13, pending notification of additional family members.

Police said a neighbor last saw the woman at about 10 a.m. Aug. 8 as the woman returned home. Then, her husband returned after 3 p.m. and noticed a note from her, letting family members know she had gone for a walk near Rainbow Lake.

“It was not uncommon for her to go for walks,” West said.

The husband also heard a message on the answering machine indicating his wife had missed a 2:45 p.m. medical appointment.

The sheriff’s office received a call to report her as a missing person at about 7:45 p.m.

Police said her son headed out to search near Rainbow Lake and, as deputies headed to the scene, discovered the woman face down in the water near the shoreline. Police and Eastside Fire & Rescue crews responded moments later.

The son noticed a towel and some food on the shore near the site, as though the woman had stopped for a picnic along the lake.

The land slopes from the busy roadway to the lake, and West said passing motorists did not report anything strange in the area.

West said the note the woman left for her husband assisted the family and police in the search.

“I remind people all the time, if you’re going out for a jog, if you’re going for a bike ride, if you’re going hiking, tell somebody where you’re going and what time you’re going to be home,” West said.

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