ROCKPORT, Wash. - A 54-year-old woman was shot and killed Saturday by a boy who was hunting bear in Skagit County, sheriff's deputies said.
The woman, a resident of Oso, was hiking with a friend in the area of Sauk Mountain near Rockport when the shooting occurred.
Deputies were called to the scene at about 10:35 a.m., said Will Reichardt, chief criminal deputy with the Skagit County Sheriff’s Office.
According to a preliminary investigation, the woman was stopped on the trail putting something into her backpack when the hunter mistook her for a bear and fired one shot, which killed her.
The victim fell down a steep hillside after the shooting. Deputies were able to reach the victim and were able to confirm her death.
Due to the rugged terrain in the area, emergency search and rescue ground crew volunteers were called in and helped deputies and the Skagit County coroner in recovering the victim’s body.
The hunter is a juvenile from the Concrete area and was accompanied by at least one adult. He was talking with investigators, and no one was immediately in custody.
Detectives from the Skagit County sheriff's detectives, as well as an officer from the state Department of Fish and Wildlife, were investigating.
The name of the victim was not released