An overdue hiker found dead in Mount Rainier National Park died of hypothermia, officials said.
Otto Steffin, 76, went hiking Wednesday (June 6) on Mazama Ridge, a popular six-mile loop in the Paradise area.
He was reported missing the next morning after he didn't return home.
A search and rescue team scoured the park and found his body Friday in the Paradise River drainage near Fourth Crossing.
He'd left a note detailing his hiking plan, which helped searchers find him.
Steffin was an experienced hiker familiar with the area and carried the 10 essentials, park officials said.