Missing Snowshoer Found Dead at Mount Rainier

By The Chronicle

A missing snowshoer was found dead Tuesday morning just below the Paradise area of Mount Rainier, according to a news release from Mount Rainier National Park.

The man was reported missing after becoming separated from his partner while descending the Muir Snowfield.

Efforts to find the missing man began at about 7 p.m. Monday between Paradise, at 5,400 feet of elevation, and Panorama Point, at 7,000 feet. Search teams found no “definitive clues” as to the man’s whereabouts before returning from the search at 9:30 a.m.

The search was called off late Tuesday morning after crews found a deceased male at 4,500 feet of elevation in the Nisqually drainage below Paradise.

“The identification of the victim will be established by the Pierce County Medical Examiner,” according to a press release from Mount Rainier National Park.

Mountain rescue teams from Everett, Seattle, Tacoma and Olympia joined National Park teams in the search. The Washington State Search and Rescue Planning Unit and Northwest Helicopters also assisted. A total of 32 people were involved in the search.