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SAR Recovers Body near Mount Baring
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 4, 2020
CONTACT: Courtney O’Keefe, Director of Communications, Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office
Courtney.O’Keefe@snoco.org, 425-388-3865, Media line: 425-249-6263
INDEX, Wash. – The body of a 23-year-old New Jersey man who died while cliff jumping Thursday has been recovered. Around 12 p.m. Thursday, the male was parachuting with a friend near Mount Baring when witnesses observed him hit the side of a mountain before disappearing into the mountain’s steep terrain.
Search and Rescue (SAR) teams and the Sheriff’s Office helicopter, SnoHawk10, responded to the area Thursday and located the victim’s parachute on the north side of the mountain, but ground teams were unable to gain access to the location due to the dangerous and difficult terrain. Early Friday morning, SnoHawk10 returned and inserted a four-person mountain rescue team to the ground nearby. It took the team several hours to navigate the steep terrain and get to the location of the parachute. Rescuers located the 23-year-old victim deceased.
The victim’s body was hoist extracted from the location and flown to Skykomish Airfield where the Snohomish County Medical Examiner took custody of him. The Medical Examiner will provide positive identification of the decedent, as well as determine the cause and manner of death.