Missing Lake Stevens woman found stuck on hillside in Everett

Sandra Hasegawa-Ingalls, 68, is reported missing. (Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office)

LAKE STEVENS — A missing Lake Stevens woman was found Friday in Everett, stuck on a hillside overlooking Port Gardner.

Sandra Hasegawa-Ingalls, 68, went missing Thursday morning near Lake Stevens. She was last heard from around 9 a.m. at her home in the 5100 block of Schwarzmiller Road.

Police initially believed her disappearance was suspicious. Later, they determined that she likely left on her own, Snohomish County sheriff’s spokeswoman Shari Ireton said.

Her Honda Pilot was found Friday morning in north Everett near Seventh Street and Waverly Avenue, near Everett Community College. Detectives believe she was the last person to have driven it, Ireton said.

Hasegawa-Ingalls was found at about 5 p.m. Friday after a woman reported finding her stuck on a hillside near the 500 block of Laurel Drive. Everett firefighters rescued her.

“Hasegawa-Ingalls was cold and suffered minor injuries, but is otherwise unharmed,” Ireton said.

She was taken to Providence Regional Medical Center Everett for treatment.

The woman was reported to have difficulty with her memory.

The sheriff’s office sent out reverse 911 calls to people in the area where Hasegawa-Ingalls’ car was found. The automated message asked people to keep an eye out for a woman who is living with dementia.

Hasegawa-Ingalls has owned Foresight, Inc., a landscape-design company in Lake Stevens, for 28 years. She is the principal landscape architect. Her business is known for its eco-friendly designs.

Hasegawa-Ingalls is well-known in the local climbing community.

She and fellow Everett Mountaineers started an nonprofit outdoor youth program in honor of her husband, Larry Ingalls, who died in a 2006 climbing accident on Lewis Peak.

Ingalls, a retired project engineer for the city of Snohomish, was an avid and skilled climber.

Hasegawa-Ingalls told The Daily Herald in 2013 that she “was determined to have his spirit live on.”

Outdoor Youth Connections, where Hasegawa-Ingalls leads the board, donates money to programs for youths to hike, camp and explore the outdoors.

The couple met through a Mountaineers scrambling course and were married in 2001. They built a house on the banks of the Pilchuck River.

Thursday will mark 11 years since Ingalls’ death.

Caitlin Tompkins: 425-339-3192; ctompkins@heraldnet.com.

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