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Body found at Mount Rainier identified as Mark Vucich

Post by Jeff Mayor / The News Tribune on Aug. 8, 2012 at 9:50 am with No Comments »
August 8, 2012 3:17 pm


The Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office has identified the body recovered Tuesday from Mount Rainier as that of Mark Vucich. The cause of death has not been determined.

The 37-year-old resident of Agoura Hills, Calif., and Michelle Trojanowski, 30 of Atlanta, were reported missing Jan. 15 after they failed to return from a planned snow camping trip on the Muir Snowfield.

Also going missing at the same time were climbers Sork “Eric” Yang of Springfield, Ore., and Seol Hee Jin of Korea, both 52.

While the four began their adventures in good weather conditions, a major storm swept over the mountain with snow and high winds. The storm delayed for a week any attempt to mount a major search.

Vucich’s body was discovered on the lower Muir Snowfield at the 8,000-foot level, about ½ mile above Pebble Creek. The body was within sight of the trail between Camp Muir and Paradise.

There was no other evidence or bodies found in the area.

“Warm weather is expected to continue rapidly melting snow in the area over the next month or two which may uncover evidence related to the four missing climbers,” said park spokeswoman Patti Wold.

The search for the three missing people is ongoing, she said. Searches are conducted during scheduled flights in the park and as crews are in the area.

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