Body of Missing Skier Located on Mount Rainier


The body of skier Matthew Bunker, 28, was located along the base of Mount Rainier’s Liberty Ridge on June 29. Bunker fell due to unknown reasons around the Thumb Rock feature at approximately 10,400 feet while descending the route on Friday, June 26.

The National Park Service mobilized ground and aerial search-and-rescue units to locate Bunker and found his body in a crevasse along the base of the ridge. While the helicopter rescue team was initially unable to scout the base of the ridge on multiple expeditions due to severe down-slope winds and cloud cover, the weather calmed on June 29 and the team was able to survey the area and successfully locate Bunker.

But unfortunately, according to the NPS, the area is subject to continuous rock and icefall. The hazards posed too high of a risk for rescue personnel to access the location and recover Bunker.

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