SAR crews looking for 82-year-old mushroom picker south of Cultus Lake

Family says Valentina Kushnareva likely walked into the woods in the area south of Chilliwack

Search and Rescue volunteers have been in the Columbia Valley since Friday looking for a missing 82-year-old woman.

Valentina Kushnareva was likely out picking mushrooms on or near her property, which is near the border of Cultus Lake Provincial Park south of Lindell Beach.

Her daughter-in-law Tatiana posted on social media about the disappearance.

“We suspect she went to look for mushrooms and either got lost in the forest (unlikely) or fell and injured herself and could not come back,” she wrote on a Facebook group Friday dedicated to the Columbia Valley area south of Cultus Lake. “Police has been searching since last night. Our property has been searched twice, and she is not here.

“We are guessing she could go from our property (end of Frost Road) to the provincial park area, possibly through the Linley camp.”

Valentina Kushnareva has no identification with her, and is described as a Caucasian female; height 155 centimetres (5’1”); weight 48 kilograms (106 pounds); with grey hair cut short; blue eyes.

Members of Chilliwack Search and Rescue were called out Thursday evening, some volunteers spent the entire night searching the area. Mission Search and Rescue also had members in the area looking.

Anyone with information about Valentina Kushnareva is asked to call the RCMP at 604-792-4611.

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