Body of Mount Rainier skier missing since July has been found

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The body of a 30-year-old skier who went missing from Mount Rainier last month after he fell through a snowbridge was found at the bottom of a waterfall, the park said.

Mount Rainier National Park initially published a news release right after the Washington man went missing on July 3. He had fallen into a hole above Pebble Creek while descending on skis from Camp Muir, the park said.

Since then, the park has conducted over 22 ground and air searches of the area.

“Late-season snow cover, combined with unstable conditions prevented locating the skier until the snow over Pebble Creek melted out. In early August the body of the missing skier was located at the bottom of a waterfall approximately 30 meters from the location where he had fallen into Pebble Creek,” the park said in a news release.

Since the body was located, the park has been monitoring the site and waiting for an opportunity to safely access the area.

On Saturday, a team of eight search and rescue personnel reached the body and was able to retrieve it. The body was taken to the Pierce County Medical Examiner’s office, where the man will be identified.

Candice Ruud: 253-597-8441, @candiceruud