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May 8, 2013 at 7:54 AM

Officials find body of Renton dentist killed in April avalanche

Renton dentist Mitch Hungate

Renton dentist Mitch Hungate

King County officials found the body of Renton dentist Mitch Hungate on Wednesday morning, nearly a month after he went missing in an avalanche on Granite Mountain near Snoqualmie Pass.

A King County Sheriff’s Office search and rescue crew found the body at around 7:30 a.m. about halfway down the path of the avalanche, spokeswoman Cindi West said.

It will take a few hours to get the body off the mountain, West said.

West said the delay in finding the body was due to poor weather conditions on the mountain. It’s normal for the Sheriff’s Office to search for some avalanche victims days or weeks later, she said.

“We knew he was in the area somewhere,” West said. “It’s just a matter of being able to get to him safely with the weather.”

Hungate, 61, is one of two people killed in separate avalanches on April 13. The other, 55-year-old Bellevue naturopathic physician Joy Yu, was found alive on nearby Red Mountain but later died.

On Granite Mountain, Hungate had been with two younger men who were also caught up in the avalanche but survived.

A GPS device worn by one of the men showed they tumbled more than 1,200 feet in less than one minute, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

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