Body found under melting snow on Mt. Rainier

Body found under melting snow on Mt. Rainier

Body found under melting snow on Mt. Rainier

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by KING 5 News

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Posted on August 8, 2012 at 11:33 AM

MOUNT RAINIER, Wash. -- Pierce County Medical examiners will work Wednesday to identify a body recently uncovered by melting snow on Mount Rainier.

The body is that of a man, found around the 8,000-foot level near Pebble Creek on the Muir Snowfield.

Park officials said it is possible the victim is one of four people who were lost on Mount Rainier in January.

The body was found by a group of hikers descending the mountain. It appeared as if it had been under snow for some time, according to officials.

Summer weather has caused rapid snow melt on parts of Mount Rainier. Park officials expect more to melt in the next month, possibly uncovering additional evidence related to the lost climbers.

A storm bringing feet of snow and 100 mph winds forced searchers to temporarily stop looking for the two separate groups of climbers in late January. Mark Vucich, 37, of San Diego and Michelle Trojanowski, 30, of Atlanta, planned to winter camp on the Muir Snowfield. They were due out on Sunday, January 15. Sork (Erik) Yang, 52, of Springfield, Oregon, and Seol Hee Jin, 52, from Korea, were on a summit attempt via Disappointment Cleaver. They were due back Monday, January 16.

Mount Rainier officials said searches for the missing climbers still continue on a limited basis.

KING 5's Lindsay Chamberlain compiled this report.

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