September 27, 2013 at 6:19 PM
Hiker, 66, found dead in Mount Rainier National Park
The body of a missing 66-year-old hiker was found Friday in Mount Rainier National Park by rangers and volunteers after an overnight search on Pinnacle Peak, a news release said.
The man, George Merriam, of Lakewood, had been reported missing by his wife Thursday night. He was spotted from a search helicopter around 8:30 a.m. lying in “steep terrain more than 200 feet below the trail,” according to the release. It took crews, including volunteers from Olympic, Seattle and Everett Mountain Rescue units and a helicopter from Northwest Helicopters of Olympia, about seven hours to get to him and recover his body, the release said.
Merriam’s family was notified today.
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