Superintendent Randy King said a short time ago that Mount Rainier National Park will reopen at 8 a.m. Saturday.
Park officials said Tuesday that the park would reopen on Saturday, but a specific time was not set.
King said he understands people’s desires to visit the park again, but managers wanted to give staffers adequate time to deal with their feelings following Sunday’s shooting death of law enforcement ranger Margaret Anderson.
The park has been closed Sunday as the search for the suspect extended into the discovery of his body Monday.
King said the decision to keep the park closed was done in part because some staff members have been involved in the investigation, the road to Paradise is a major part of the crime scene and staffers have needed time to deal with the death of their coworker. He said the vehicles involved in the investigation were finally taken from the park earlier today.
Still, King said Saturday’s opening will be good.
“I will welcome them back,” he said. “The park belongs to the American people. It will help Mount Rainier get back to where it needs to be. It will be a good thing and certainly welcome.”