Rachel Jayanne Lakoduk

Lakoduk, circa 2019; Mole under Lakoduk's eye; Lakoduk's backpack and gear

  • Missing Since 10/17/2019
  • Missing From Marblemount, Washington
  • Classification Lost/Injured Missing
  • Sex Female
  • Race White
  • Date of Birth 10/17/1991 (29)
  • Age 28 years old
  • Height and Weight 5'4, 130 pounds
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description A long-sleeved shirt over a NASA tank top and shorts over thermal tights. Carrying a green hiking backpack and overnight camping supplies, including a purple sleeping bag, an orange sleeping pad and blue Bagail hiking poles. Photos of Lakoduk's backpack and some of her supplies are posted with this case summary.
  • Distinguishing Characteristics Caucasian female. Red hair, brown eyes. Lakoduk's hair was very long, close to waist-length, at the time of her disappearance. She has a mole mark on the bottom of her left eyelid; a photo of it is posted with this case summary.

Details of Disappearance

Lakoduk was last seen in Marblemount, Washington on October 17, 2019, her twenty-eighth birthday. She went on Hidden Lake Trail, intending to hike seven miles to a popular lookout cabin, spend the night there and return the next day. She never returned from her hike and has never been heard from again. Her vehicle was left parked at the trailhead.

Authorities initially believed Lakoduk had reached the lookout cabin, which was in the North Cascades at 6,800 feet elevation, and become snowed in. Heavy fog, rain and snow hindered search efforts, and due to safety concerns, the rescue team had to turn back twice while trying to reach the cabin. When they eventually arrived on October 22, Lakoduk wasn't there and there were no indications that she had made it there at all. An extensive search, lasting a week, turned up no indication of her whereabouts.

Her case remains unsolved. She is presumed to have died in some mishap in the wilderness.

Updated 1 time since October 12, 2004. Last updated November 10, 2020; casefile added.