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MISSING HIKER NEAR
October 11, 2009
(STEVENS PASS, WA) -- The search for a missing hiker near Stevens Pass ended sadly when the body of missing Seattle man T.J. Langley was found Saturday afternoon in a remote section of the Glacier Peak Wilderness area according to the Chelan County Sheriff's office said.
Two searchers on foot spotted his body near Luahna Peak at an elevation of about 8,600 feet. It appeared Langley had lost his footing and fallen about 300 feet, she said
His body was recovered by chopper and taken to a funeral home in Leavenworth
Part of the route Langley would have followed crossed a glacier but it was unclear whether he was on ice or on a marked trail when he fell.
A ground and air search got underway Friday for the 42-year old Langley, a Seattle theater actor and apartment-building manager, who had not been heard from since last Sunday. He had checked in at a forest trailhead that day for a two-day solo hike.
The Chelan County Sheriff's Office says Langley had been overdue from that hike since Tuesday. The area he was in is rugged, wilderness terrain near Lake Wenatchee and about 10 miles northeast of the summit of Stevens Pass.
A spokesman for the sheriff’s office had described Langley as an avid climber and hiker who told relatives and friends that he was going up to hike Little Giant Peak and Buck Mountain, both of which are in the Glacier Peak Wilderness area.
The area is rugged, wilderness terrain near Lake Wenatchee and about 10 miles northeast of the summit of Stevens Pass.
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