Body of missing avalanche victim found

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by KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on May 8, 2013 at 2:14 PM

King County Search and Rescue located the body of missing avalanche victim Mitch Hungate Wednesday morning, according to Sgt. Cindi West.

Hungate, 61, a dentist and seasoned athlete, was with two other companions April 13 when an avalanche swept them more than 1,200 feet down Granite Mountain, a 5,600-foot peak about 45 miles east of Seattle.

The two hikers said the last thing they heard was Hungate say "Oh no" before the avalanche. The two friends emerged from the snow and called for help. They tried but weren't able to find Hungate.

Rescuers had to suspend their search until now due to dangerous avalanche and weather conditions.

A female snowshoer died in a separate avalanche on Red Mountain the same weekend Hungate was killed. 55-year-old Joy Yu was a naturopathic physician in Bellevue.

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