LEAVENWORTH — A Seattle oncologist died last week while rock climbing outside Leavenworth.

A climbing partner found 56-year-old Michelle Yao dead as the two scaled the Snow Creek Wall south of the Snow Lakes Trailhead, said Sgt. Jason Reinfeld with Chelan County Emergency Management.

Pete O’Cain: (509) 664-7152



Pete O’Cain is a graduate of Central Washington University, served in the Marines Corps and covers public safety in Chelan and Douglas counties. He also leads The Wenatchee World’s wildfire coverage.

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