Family: Missing Everett man found dead in Cascades

(Information from: The Daily Herald,

SNOQUALMIE PASS, Wash. (AP) — The family of an Everett man who has been missing since October says he has been found dead northeast of Snoqualmie Pass.

The Herald reports 28-year-old Gavin Johnston told his father Oct. 17 he was heading to Stevens Pass for a two-month trip on a section of the Pacific Crest Trail that spans from Canada to Mexico.

His family said he had almost no hiking experience and may have had a mental health crisis.

The King County Sheriff’s Office says a body was found Monday in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness Area.

The medical examiner’s office hasn’t released an official identification, but the family says they’ve been told a hiker found Johnston near the trail, by Glacier Lake, in a sleeping bag.

Johnston’s stepmother Debora Johnston says with him was a note, his phone, wallet and gear.