Update: Sammamish Woman Dead in Apparent Drowning at Rainbow Lake

Eastside Fire and Rescue responded to the area of Issaquah-Pine Lake Road and SE 44th Street about 8:10 last night, Aug. 8, for a surface water rescue.

Update: 8 a.m., Aug. 9: A 66-year-old Sammamish woman was found dead in Rainbow Lake last night after apparently drowning, the King County Sheriff's Office said.

Sgt. Cindi West said the woman's family became concerned when she didn't return from a walk and missed a scheduled doctor's appointment.

The woman's husband and son called police around 7:45 last night, reporting that she had earlier left a note for her husband that she had gone for a walk. When he returned home and saw the note, he was unconcerned, but then her doctor's office called to see if she was planning to show up for a 2:45 p.m. appointment.

After she didn't come home by evening, the family called police, and her son went out looking for her. West said that by the time they arrived, her son had found her face down in the water at the edge of Rainbow Lake.

It is not clear yet events before she entered the water led to her death, but nearby were her shoes and a towel, West said, so she apparently had planned to relax by the lake. There was a somewhat steep descent to the water where she was found.

West said there does not appear to be any suspicious circumstances, and the medical examiner will determine the cause of death, though it appears likely that she drowned. The woman's name has not been released pending notification of her relatives.


Original story:

Eastside Fire and Rescue responded to the area of Issaquah-Pine Lake Road about 8:10 last night, Aug. 8, for a surface water rescue. King 5 Seattle reported that the victim had drowned in a pond there.

Engines from station 89 responded. Patch will bring you more information as it becomes available.

Christie Malchow August 09, 2012 at 01:37 PM
A storm water retention pond?
Jeanne Gustafson August 09, 2012 at 02:04 PM
I'm just not sure yet, Christie, there are several smaller bodies of water there, but the map point is not necessarily exact.
Jeanne Gustafson August 09, 2012 at 04:12 PM
We've updated this story with additional information from the King County Sheriff's Office.
Sue K August 10, 2012 at 09:48 PM
It's the neighborhood just south of the west entrance into Klahanie. Rainbow Lake Ranch. Two ponds when you enter on 44th....it's the pond on the south side of the road.


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