Search suspended for Bellingham fisherman missing on Baker Lake

A Bellingham fisherman who went missing five days ago on Baker Lake still hadn’t been found as of Monday, July 18, according to the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office.

Glen Richardson, 49, left a campsite on the north end of the lake around 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 13, in a 12-foot aluminum boat with a 9.9 horsepower motor. He had been camping at a dispersed campsite by mile post 23 of Baker Lake, in the general area of Shannon Creek.

Another fisherman saw him at 8:15 p.m. in increasing winds, with 1- to 2-foot waves on the lake. The sun set about an hour later. Richardson didn’t return that night. A camping companion reported him missing the next morning. Searchers found an oar they confirmed was from Richardson’s boat, but no other clues over the days that followed, according to the sheriff’s office.

In the meantime searchers spread the word to other fishermen, and called in boats, police dogs and U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Air and Marine Operations. Richardson was described as 5-foot-9, about 150 pounds, with black hair and blue eyes. No clothing description has been released.

On Monday the deputies announced the search had been suspended.

Anyone with tips can contact the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office at 360-778-6600.

All 4,800 acres of Baker Lake are located within Whatcom County, southeast of Mount Baker.