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Body found on Mount Rainier identified as Michelle Trojanowski

Post by Jeff Mayor / The News Tribune on Sep. 10, 2012 at 9:15 am |
September 10, 2012 1:53 pm

UPDATED AT 1:52 P.M.

A spokesman for the Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office said this afternoon that the body of a woman found Friday on Mount Rainier is that of Michelle Trojanowski.

The 30-year-old Atlanta resident was reported missing Jan. 15 after she and Mark Vucich, a 37-year-old resident of Agoura Hills, Calif., failed to return from was originally called a planned snow camping trip on the Muir Snowfield.

Trojanowski’s body was discovered Thursday by a helicopter crew on a supply flight to Camp Muir. Her body was hanging over the edge of a large crevasse on Paradise Glacier southeast of Anvil Rock at about 8,200 feet.

The medical examiner’s office has not yet identified the body of man found near Trojanowski’s body.

Both bodies were recovered on Friday.

ORIGINAL POST

The Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office this morning has yet to released the names of the people whose bodies were recovered from Mount Rainier Friday.

Two bodies – possibly two climbers missing since mid January – were discovered Thursday as a helicopter flew over the Paradise Glacier. The two were at 8,200 feet in elevation.

Mark Vucich, a 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 was originally called 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.

It now appears that Vucich and Trojanowski also were climbing the mountain, since they were last seen by another climber roped together and following the traks of Yang and Jin.

Vucich’s body was found Aug. 7. His body was discovered at the 8,000-foot level on the lower Muir Snowfield, about ½ mile above Pebble Creek. The body was within sight of the trail between Camp Muir and Paradise.

A search Saturday for the fourth missing person failed to located a body, even though searchers found some camping equipment. Deteriorating weather forced an end to the search. Park officials have said they will monitor the area during helicopter flights over the area and as climbing rangers are in the area.

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