Missing Spokane Valley woman found injured in crash near Blewett Pass

Lynnell Mcfarland
Credit: McFarland family

ELLENSBURG, Wash. — A missing Spokane Valley woman was found at the scene of a crash near Blewett Pass along Highway 97 Monday night.

A Silver Alert was issued for 68-year-old Lynnell McFarland when she disappeared Thursday evening. According to Washington State Patrol, McFarland left the Ellensburg area toward Spokane around 3:30 p.m. Thursday but had not been heard from since.

McFarland’s family said they were concerned for her well-being and about her driving capabilities.

An employee with the Department of Transportation finally spotted McFarland’s car on Monday evening. They said it had slid and rolled about 100 feet from the road and was nearly 40 feet down a ravine over a creek.

A Chelan County Sheriff’s Deputy was able to rappel down the ravine and found McFarland conscious and responsive.

McFarland was taken to a hospital in Wenatchee with injuries. Deputies said she was hypothermic.

A family member said McFarland is recovering well from her surgeries and is “grateful to be alive.”