A University Place hiker who has been missing in the Cascade foothills near North Bend was found dead today.
Searchers scouring the Green Mountain area spotted his body about 3 p.m. at the 3,400-foot level.
“It looks like he more than likely fell a few hundred feet,” King County sheriff’s Sgt. Cindi West said. “We don’t know if he tripped or the slab gave way, but he didn’t survive the fall.”
The terrain in that area is punishing. There is no marked trail most of the way up the 4,600-foot peak, which includes scrambling over large talus fields and inching through snow up the steep slope.
Wright was reported missing Friday, when he failed to pick up his 10-year-old daughter. His SUV was found near the middle fork of the Snoqualmie River and searchers honed in on the Green Mountain area after another hiker reported speaking with Wright about his hiking plans.
“We believe he might have taken a new trail that was starting to be developed,” West said.
Crews are expected to use a helicopter to hoist Wright’s body off the mountain this afternoon, but are eying an approaching thunderstorm.
Wright graduated from Puyallup High School in 1980 and Western Washington University in 1986. He worked for the solid waste division at Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department.