Local hikers react to murders in Northeast Washington - NBC Right Now/KNDO/KNDU Tri-Cities, Yakima, WA |

Local hikers react to murders in Northeast Washington

KENNEWICK, Wash. - A full investigation is underway after a mother and daughter were found murdered on a hiking trail in western Washington. 

Local hikers said they are concerned for their safety.

Mary Cooper and her daughter, Susanna Stadden were found shot to death on a hiking trail 50 miles from last Tuesday.

Hiking is a popular outdoor activity among many in the Tri-Cities and most hikers said they carry a knife.

One woman said she carries a gun with her another never goes hiking without her dog.  

Megan Moore goes hiking once a week. She said, "It's something that I think about every time I go hiking by myself which is often, but I try to watch the people around me. I always go with my dog, so that's a certain level of protection."

Others said they only go hiking with big groups.  Hikers said that big cases like this one usually draw a lot of attention and make people more aware of what is around them.