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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?

Mount Rainier reflects in a subalpine tarn in Klapatche Park.

Over 97% of Mount Rainier National Park was designated Wilderness by the Washington Wilderness Act of 1988. This act also designated Wilderness in Olympic and North Cascades National Parks. More...