Kat Hammontre and her dog Tootsie vanished while hiking near San Felipe in Baja California, Mexico on April 11th, 2019. The 68 year-old woman is originally from Seattle, Washington, but on the day she vanished, she was visiting the California/Mexico border for a hiking trip with her husband, daughter, and a group of other hikers. According to the group she was with, Kat hurt her foot or ankle about 10 minutes into the hike. She told the other hikers that she was going to wait for them to come back from their hike, which was supposed to be relatively short. However, when the group returned from their hike, both Kat and her dog Tootsie were nowhere to be found. Kat’s husband, Warren Sundquist, told police that he waited for Kat at their car, but she never returned. She has not been seen or heard from again.
Although Kat’s residence was in Seattle at the time of her disappearance, she had previously lived near the area where she disappeared in Mexico for about 20 years. Since she was familiar with the area, her friends and family believe she was comfortable waiting by herself while the group finished their hike. Kat was reportedly not showing any signs of extreme physical distress, either. After she was discovered missing, local search-and-rescue crews and Mexican military helicopters searched for Kat and Tootsie, but unfortunately no trace of them has been found. The group of people Kat was with has been questioned, but it is unclear if police believe that they had anything to do with her disappearance.
Kat and Tootsie remain missing today. If you have any information about their whereabouts, please contact authorities at (619) 216-4000.
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