By Max Erikson

Airplane crew finds missing woman


January 3, 2018

After a two-day search for a missing Bickleton woman, the Klickitat County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) found Mary Lou Shattuck’s deceased body off a rural road in the mountains north of Bickleton while doing an air search and rescue.

A silver alert was issued on Dec. 29 after Shattuck did not return from an appointment she had earlier in the day in Toppenish. On Dec. 31 KCSO Air Four pilot Brad Damm and Deputy Harold Cole spotted Shattuck’s white Subaru Outback from the air. The vehicle had crashed down the side of a ravine off a rural road.

The aircraft was landed near the crash site in a wheat stubble field, where deputies quickly located Shattuck’s body wrapped in a blanket. She was found a short distance from her car.

Shattuck was a well-known community member and rancher in Bickleton for many years and has family relational ties to County Commissioner Jim Sizemore.

According to KCSO, it is believed that bad weather and icy road conditions contributed to the accident.

Shattuck was 87.

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