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Climbers recovered from Mount Rainier died of hypothermia

Post by Stacia Glenn / The News Tribune on Sep. 11, 2012 at 1:18 pm |
September 11, 2012 1:26 pm

Two climbers who disappeared in a series of winter storms and were recovered from Mount Rainier last weekend died of hypothermia, according to the Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office.

The bodies of Michelle Trojanowski, 30, of Atlanta, and Eunsork Yang, 54, of Springfield, Ore., were found Friday near a snowy campsite strewn with equipment.

A helicopter crew spotted Trojanowski’s body hanging over a crevasse around 8,200 feet and rangers recovered the bodies Friday.

Still missing is Seol Hee Jin, 52, of South Korea.

Mark Vucich’s body was found last month nearly a mile from where Trojanowski and Yang were discovered Friday. Park officials said he was climbing with Trojanowski but they may have joined forces with Yang and Jin when the weather turned bad.

The two pairs of climbers were reported missing Jan. 15-16 as a series of brutal storms blasted the mountain with 100 mph winds and dumped several feet of snow.

Searchers were unable to find any sign of Jin. Rangers said the summer snow melting may have caused Jin’s body to slide into a crevasse, meaning she may never be found.

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