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September 8, 2012 at 10:27 AM

Bodies of missing climbers discovered on Mount Rainier glacier

Rangers at Mount Rainier National Park on Friday recovered the bodies of a man and a woman believed to be members of a group of four climbers who went missing on Paradise Glacier during a January storm.

The body of Mark Vucich, a third climber from that group, was found about a month ago.

Officials were awaiting a medical examiner’s determination to confirm that they were two of the missing climbers from January. In addition to Vucich, of Agoura Hills, Calif., the missing were his friend Michelle Trojanowski, 30, of Atlanta; Sork “Eric” Yang, 52, of Springfield, Ore.; and Seol Hee Jin, 52, of South Korea.

Rangers on Saturday planned to continue their search for the fourth missing person and to further investigate what appears to be a large campsite buried under the snow in the hopes of finding clues to what happened.

The rangers were conducting a routine resupply operation by helicopter to Camp Muir on Thursday when they spotted a body hanging over the ledge of a large crevasse on the glacier, southeast of Anvil Rock.

The body was partially buried under 5 feet of snow and had clearly been there for some time. Camping and climbing gear could also be seen strewn about the bottom of the crevasse.

On Friday, rangers retrieved the bodies of a man and woman. Both were transported by ambulance to the Pierce County Medical Examiner, who will determine their identities and causes of death.

The camp site is about a quarter mile east of the standard climbing route and on the other side of a ridge – at about 8,200 feet elevation.

 

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