Tragic Conclusion to Search Efforts

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Date: December 29, 2014
Contact: Patti Wold, Information Officer, 360-569-6563

Search crews located an unresponsive male fitting the description of the overdue snowshoer at 11:57 this morning. The Pierce County Medical Examiner will make the final determination and identification. The body was found by ground searchers next to Edith Creek in the Paradise area. 

The missing snowshoer, a 37 year old male from Puyallup, Washington, disappeared during Saturday evening's winter storm that dropped 20 inches of snow in 48 hours. He intended to overnight at Camp Muir, but was forced to descend due to formidable winter storm conditions. A second party took him into their shelter at Panorama Point, but when the shelter was destroyed by the extreme conditions they attempted to complete their descent to Paradise together. During the descent the individual separated from the party in the vicinity of Edith Creek. 

Members of the Nordic Patrol, and Tacoma, Everett, Seattle, and Olympic Mountain Rescues conducted the ground search. The US Army Reserve 214th Air Division out of Joint Base Lewis McChord and park climbing rangers aboard searched the avalanche prone areas by air. Approximately 30 personnel were assigned to the incident. 

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