When a well-known mycologist disappears while on a routine mushroom-foraging trip, a search and rescue mission is launched in the Washington woodlands. After it becomes apparent that she’s nowhere to be found, investigators consider the possibility of foul play in this episode of Last Seen Alive.

Sources used to research this episode:

Into the Woods: 6 Years Later, the Mystery of Hildegard Hendrickson Remains (Jefferson Robins / iFiberOne)

Search Halted for Missing Mushroom Hunter; Foul Play Possible? (Jack Broom / The Seattle Times)

Family of Missing Mushroom Hunter: ‘We’re Living Day-to-Day’ (King5 News)

Update: Chelan County Search Continues for Missing Mushroom Hunter (KHQ Q6 News)

Hildegard Hendrickson (Seattle University Albers School of Business and Economics)

Dr Hildegard Hermine Roedig-Hendrickson (findagrave.com)

Minnow Creek Trail #1539 (Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, US Forest Service)

Commercial and Personal Use Mushroom Harvest (Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, US Forest Service)

If you know anything about the disappearance of Dr Hildegard Hendrickson, please contact the Chelan County Sheriff’s Department at (509)667-6851.


  1. Morels have never been successfully cultivated. They can force burns to help get morels but it’s no guarantee.


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