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SAR Recovers Body of Overdue Hiker near Vesper Peak   

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  September 29, 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 Sunday, the Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue (SAR) team and volunteers from Snohomish County Volunteer Search and Rescue recovered the body of a 29-year-old man who died while hiking Vesper Peak. Around 11:30 p.m. Saturday, his girlfriend called to report him overdue. He was expected to return from a solo day hike by 8 p.m. Saturday but had not been heard from. 

SAR ground teams responded to the area to attempt to locate the hiker. At daylight on Sunday, the Sheriff’s Office helicopter, SnoHawk10, flew to Vesper Peak to search for the missing hiker. Around 1 p.m. Sunday, the helicopter crew located the male deceased in a swift moving creek.

Members of the Snohomish County Volunteer Search and Rescue Swiftwater Rescue Team packed in their gear and hiked to the victim’s location where they recovered his body from the water.

The victim’s body was flown by SnoHawk10 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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