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SAR Recovered Body of Hiker south of Glacier Peak  

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  September 9, 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

SNOHOMISH COUNTY, Wash. – On Saturday, the Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue (SAR) team and volunteers from Snohomish County Volunteer Search and Rescue recovered the body of a 26-year-old man who died after falling into a glacier hole while hiking. Around 2:30 p.m. Saturday, the male was hiking with a friend on the glacier at Kololo Peak when he unexpectedly fell nearly 50 feet into a hole. 

The victim’s hiking partner activated an InReach SOS device and SAR ground teams and the Sheriff’s Office helicopter, SnoHawk10, responded to the area. Helicopter Rescue Technicians set up a rope system and lowered a Rescue Technician down approximately 50 feet into the hole where they located the victim deceased.

The victim’s body was lifted from the location and flown to Taylor’s Landing 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. 

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