PMR Joins Multi-Agency Search for Snowshoer's Remains -
Body of Unidentified Person Found
Saturday, August 2, 2003
(Updated Sunday, August 3, 2003)
On Saturday, Portland Mountain Rescue joined over 100 other search and rescue
personnel from around the Pacific Northwest to scour the South Side of Mount
Hood for the remains of a missing snowshoer.
The subject disappeared on the 11,239-foot mountain during a white out in early
March 2003 and was not found at that time, despite a week long search.
Hurricane force winds and snowfall of more than 6 feet hindered the original
search, so the Clackamas
County Sheriff postponed the search until the mountain sufficiently
melted out in the Summer.
To read about March 2003
search, click here.
During the multi-agency search on Saturday, a team from Portland's
Pacific Northwest Search and Rescue discovered the remains of a man
lying on the West face of Zig Zag Canyon, on the Southwest portion of the
mountain. Initially, the Sheriff identified the body as the missing
snowshoer, but later retracted that statement.
The area where the body was found
The body's clothing was similar to that of the missing subject, and that
contributed to the initial announcement. However, on Sunday, the
Clackamas County Medical Examiner officially determined that the remains were
from another person.
Since there are no other persons reported missing on the mountain in 2003, the
Sheriff is launching an investigation into the identity of the remains.
The whereabouts of the missing snowshoer are also still in question, so a third
search may be called in the future. However, there are no immediate plans
to do so.
During the mission, PMR searchers covered the high angle and technically
challenging areas of Mount Hood, including White River Glacier and the cliffs
of Mississippi Head at the beginning of Zig Zag Canyon. Other mountain
rescue and ground search teams from around the Pacific Northwest helped scour
the extensive search area.
For more information, please see the
Clackamas County Sheriff's website.