Snowshoer missing on Mount Rainier since Saturday
Sunday, January 15, 2012
ASHFORD, Wash. (AP) -- About 60 rangers and volunteers are back out on Mount Rainier Monday, searching in a snowstorm for a man missing since Saturday when he slid down a slope and became separated from his snowshoeing group.
National park spokeswoman Lee Taylor says the weather prevents a helicopter from joining the search for 66-year-old Yong Chun Kim, of Tacoma. He's an experienced snowshoer but was not equipped to stay out overnight as temperatures dropped into the teens.
Taylor says a searcher over the weekend saw tracks that led the search to focus in the Stevens Creek drainage, at an elevation of about 5,400 feet, east of the Paradise visitors' center. She says the visitors' center has been leaving its lights on at night, hoping to serve as a beacon.