Missing Edmonds man presumed dead; may have fallen into creek while camping

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A 37-year-old Edmonds man who went camping over the holiday weekend near Boulder Lake may have accidentally fallen into a creek near his campsite and died, the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday.

Michael Antonelli left to go camping Saturday with his dog and was supposed to return Monday evening. When he didn’t return his girlfriend called 911.

On Tuesday, deputies found his campsite near the Boulder Lake trail head, a few miles east of Spada Lake. He had pitched his tent just a few feet away from a 20-foot drop off leading to Elk Creek below.

Deputies examined the campsite and found evidence to suggest Antonelli got too close to the edge of the site and the ground gave way underneath him, likely causing him to fall into the creek, which is running high and fast right now.

While deputies can’t say for certain what happened to Antonelli, at this time it appears he probably fell in the creek and died. His body has not been found.

According to Sheriff’s Depatment spokeswoman Rebecca Hover, there are no plans to continue searching for Antonelli, although Sheriff’s Office will send up a helicopter in the next few days to see if he can be spotted in the creek.

Deputies didn’t find any sign of Antonelli’s dog, a 5-year-old catahoula leopard hound named Katie.

Antonelli is described as a white male, 6 feet tall and 180 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.

3 COMMENTS

  1. Wow. This seems awful fast to call off the search and give him up for dead. What if he managed to get out of the creek downstream?

  2. Yes, I think it IS too early to not have a more extensive search. Maybe they should think of him being their son or daughter missing like that!!!!

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