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Body Recovered Below Ricksecker Point

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Date: September 25, 2012

A body was recovered from the base of a cliff at Mount Rainier National Park on Monday by rangers investigating a vehicle parked for several days at Ricksecker Point, a dramatic overlook on the south side of the park. When a check of its license plate did not turn up anything unusual rangers entered the vehicle on Sunday evening, found identification, and linked it to a missing persons report.

A search initiated on Monday morning using ground crews and a helicopter eventually located a body at the base of the cliff below Ricksecker Point. The injuries to the body are consistent with a fall from a great height. The body was removed by helicopter and delivered to the Lewis County Coroner where identification will be made. All inquiries regarding identity should be directed to the Lewis County Coroner.

An investigation into this incident is ongoing.

-NPS-

Did You Know?

Winter snow buries the lower floors of the Paradise Inn.

At Mount Rainier, winter snowfall is typically heaviest between the elevations of 5,000 and 8,000 feet. Paradise, at 5,420 feet, receives an average of 641 inches of snowfall (nearly 54 feet) every year, making it one of the consistently snowiest places on Earth of those where snowfall is measured.