SHELTON, Wash. – Mason County Sheriff’s Deputies located Loretta A. Purcell, 37, Shelton, Wednesday after an extensive six square mile search. Purcell was contacted at about 11:00 AM today by Deputies after investigation disclosed she had walked out of the area and obtained a ride back into the Shelton area. She told deputies she had been mushroom picking and became separated from her partner. She was able to walk out of the wooded area and obtain a ride back to Shelton.
The 37 year old Shelton woman was reported on Sunday night at about 8:30 PM. According to Investigators, Loretta A. Purcell was last seen Sunday afternoon in a wooded area off of the Lynch Road when she and her male companion became separated while mushroom picking.
The search operation began early yesterday and continued in to today. The search involved over 30 searchers. Included in the search operation are at least four dog teams, mobile searchers and ground searchers.