PORTLAND (AP) — Searchers are carrying a body down Mount Hood from the glacier where it was spotted by a helicopter crew looking for a missing climber.
Sgt. Dan Kraus of the Clackamas County Sheriff’s office says the recovery team set out around 3 a.m. Sunday and reached the body around 11 a.m.
He expects them to complete their climb by 9 p.m.
Officials believe the body is likely Kinley Adams, a 59-year-old Salem dentist who failed to return June 22 from a climb on the west side of Oregon’s tallest mountain.
Kraus says they won’t be able to identify him until the body is transferred to the medical examiner.
The recovery operation included 30 climbers and a few dozen support personnel. The body had to be pulled down the mountain on a stretcher, through snow, ice and rapidly changing weather.
Kraus says it was a very challenging operation.