Washington teacher dies from hypothermia in snowstorm

Kathy Jenks - teacher who died

SNOHOMISH, Wash. (AP) — A second-grade teacher whose body was found outside in Snohomish County Wednesday died from hypothermia.

Kathy Jenks, 57, was last seen leaving her home on Sunday and was reported missing Monday, according to the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office. Her body was found Wednesday in the 6300 block of Snohomish Cascade Drive by someone walking in the area.

Jenks most recently taught second grade at Little Cedars Elementary School in Snohomish.

“We are heartbroken by this news,” wrote Little Cedars principal Lew Dickert in a statement to families “Her death is a profound loss to our Little Cedars Elementary family, our school district and to the Snohomish community. Mrs. Jenks loved kids and was passionate about helping them reach their full potential.”

Jenks had been at Little Cedars since 2017 and had taught in the Shoreline School District for the previous 27 years, Dickert said.

Heavy snow fell in the area Sunday evening into Monday morning with temperatures falling into the upper 20s.

According to the sheriff’s office, Jenks was found “partially unclothed,” which investigators say is common when someone is suffering from hypothermia because they can feel like their body is overheating.