A New Jersey woman who was found dead after missing from a hike outside of Seattle last Friday was believed to be under the influence of psychedelic mushrooms at the time, officials say.
Alisonstar Molaf, 25, of Ridgefield Park, was hiking with a buddy when the two got separated on a trail in Gold Bar, Washington, in the Cascade Mountains. according to the Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office.
First responders found Molaf’s body in the Wallace River Saturday morning, authorities said.
The other hiker was not injured.
“It is believed that the two hikers were under the influence of fungi,” the local sheriff’s office told NJ Advance Media. “Death appears to be an accident.”
The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Post.
The three-hour hike that Molaf and her friend took is rated as “moderately challenging,” according to AllTrails.
The Bergen County native was single and a student at Hasbrouck Heights High School and Montclair State University, according to her Facebook page, which was last active in November.
“To our angel, the memories you created with family and friends will always be remembered and will never be forgotten,” a friend wrote on a donation page, asking for money for Molaf’s funeral expenses. “You are truly missed and were taken from us far too soon.”
Magic mushrooms containing the natural compound psilocybin are being decriminalized in Seattle. State lawmakers in Olympia are considering a bill that would legalize the drug for “therapeutic uses.” Mushrooms are legal in neighboring Oregon.
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