Body of missing snowshoer found on Mt. Rainier
March 14, 2018
(ASHFORD, WA.) -- The search for a missing snowshoer on Mt. Rainier was suspended late Tuesday morning with the retrieval of the body of the man at the 4500 foot level of the mountain, in the Nisqually drainage below Paradise.
Mt. Rainier in shot taken from Paradise area. Photo: By Tom Frost via Jim Heaphy, Creative Commons lic.
The man's identification as well as cause and manner of death will be established by the Pierce County Medical Examiner, according to a statement from the National Park Service. The snowshoer had been missing overnight after separating from his partner while descending from the Muir Snowfield.
Seattle broadcast TV reports said the snowshoer was a 23-year-old Texas man.
Search efforts began at 7:00 pm on Monday, March 12 with a hasty search of the main routes between Paradise (5,400’) and Panorama Point (7,000’). No definitive clues were found prior to the teams’ return from the field at 9:30 pm, according to the Park Service.
Mountain Rescue Association teams from Everett, Seattle, Tacoma, and Olympic joined Mount Rainier National Park teams in Tuesday's search efforts. A total of thirty-two people were involved in the search effort.
The Washington State SAR Planning Unit worked with park command staff on incident planning. Northwest Helicopters and the military provided aviation resources.