Liberty Ridge Search Suspended for the Night

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Date: June 12, 2015
Contact: Patti Wold, PIO, 360-569-6563

Friday, June 12, 2015, 7:00 pm — Climbers Derek Gavelis and Mathew Wiech descended to Camp Schurman of their own accord late this afternoon. The search for the third climber, Kyle Bufis, has been suspended for the evening and will resume tomorrow morning. Bufis went missing during extreme weather at approximately 9:00 pm on Thursday, June 11th. Search efforts are focused in the vicinity of the confluence of the Winthrop and Emmons glaciers.

The Public Information Office will be staffed tomorrow starting at approximately 8:00 am following the incident briefing (staff only). A recording of the final update is available on the park incident information line at 360-569-2211 then dial 9 and option 2. Press releases are posted on the park website


A person wearing a flight helmet with a NPS arrowhead on it leans out the open door of a helicopter.
Mount Rainier National Park rangers search for a missing climber from a US Army Reserve 214th Air Division Chinook.

NPS/John Bowman Photo

Last updated: June 12, 2015

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