Body found at Mount Rainier cliff

3:21 pm September 26th, 2012

A body believed to be that of a Pierce County woman was recovered Monday from the base of a cliff at Mount Rainier National Park by rangers investigating a vehicle parked for several days

at Ricksecker Point, a dramatic overlook on the south side of the park.

Rangers entered the vehicle on Sunday evening, found personal identification, and linked it to the subject of a missing-person report, according to a park spokeswoman.

A search was initiated Monday morning with ground crews and a helicopter. Searchers eventually located a body below the cliff. Injuries to the body were consistent with a fall from great height, officials said.

The body was removed by helicopter and delivered to the Lewis County coroner for positive identification of the person. A spokeswoman for the coroner said officials are in contact with the woman’s family and tentative identification has been made, but it won’t be official until after an autopsy scheduled for Wednesday.

An investigation of the incident was continuing.

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