In 2017, a Russian businessman separated from his companions while on a hike to Goldmyer Hot Springs along the Middle Fork of the Snoqualmie River. SSPU members assisted during seven operational periods involving hundreds of volunteers searching over several months.
In 2018, a hiker separated from his companion at 9500 feet on the Muir Snowfield and disappeared. SSPU members activated and assisted MRNP park rangers with search planning, technical mapping, and on-site PLANS staffing.
In 2018, remains of Lindsey Baum (abducted in 2009) were found in a remote area of
Eastern Washington. One of the largest
evidence searches in the history of the state was organized, with planning,
analysis, and operations supported by the Washington State SAR Planning Unit.
In May 2019, SSPU provided mapping support for an evidence search in Southern Washington (Map is fictitious example).
In May 2019, SSPU was requested by North Cascades National Park, and prepared a Remote Search Plan in support of a search for a missing 7-year-old in Whatcom County.
In June 2019, SSPU members supported a large-scale evidence search in Eastern Washington by providing search planning, technical mapping, and on-site PLANS staffing for three operational periods.
In June 2019, SSPU members supported a search in Mount Rainier National Park for two missing hikers. SSPU provided mapping and search planning support over two operational periods.
In June 2019, SSPU members provided on-site PLANS staffing for the dramatic rescue of four climbers stranded high on Mount Rainier in bad weather.