WASHINGTON, USA — A body found in a crevasse on Mount Rainier has been identified as a missing climber from Spokane.
The Pierce County Medical Examiner confirmed the body found is that of 80-year-old Earl "Dawes" Eddy. The news comes several days after Eddy was reported missing. His cause and manner of death are still pending.
Crews began looking for Eddy on June 2. According to Mount Rainier National Park, park rangers changed the primary route from the Ingraham Direct, which is the route Eddy took, to Disappointment Cleaver on Saturday because of significant crevassing.
Over the course of the six-day operation, the park’s helicopter and ground teams searched both the upper and lower mountain portions of Mr. Eddy’s probable route. On Saturday, June 3, the Army National Guard 1-168th General Support Aviation Battalion (GSAB) Blackhawk helicopter conducted a forward-looking infrared (FLIR) night operation flight of the Nisqually and Cowlitz Glaciers. During the operation, no signs of body heat of a solo climber were detected.
On Monday night, local guides found an unresponsive person in a crevasse on the mountain. Crews started searching for the man in that area Tuesday morning. They reached the body Tuesday evening.
Eddy's cause and manner of death are still pending and will be released by the medical examiner at a later time.
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