Searchers on Tuesday retrieved the body of a 54-year-old New York man who was reported missing when he did not board his flight home Sunday after a snowshoe outing in Mount Rainier National Park.
Searchers on Tuesday retrieved the body of a 54-year-old New York man who was reported missing after he did not board his flight home Sunday following a snowshoeing outing in Mount Rainier National Park.
A Chinook helicopter from Joint Base Lewis-McChord spotted Brian Grobrois, of New Rochelle, from the air on Monday, but he was in a difficult terrain and it was getting dark, said park spokeswoman Patty Wold. It was not clear if he was alive when he was spotted.
On Tuesday, the park sent in four rescuers on skis up the Stevens Creek drainage to meet Grobrois, who appeared unconscious.
The Chinook returned and airlifted Grobrois to Madigan Army Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.
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Grobrois was reported missing about 9 a.m. Monday, and his car was found in the parking lot at Paradise.
Park officials aren’t yet sure what happened to cause Grobrois death, but a rescuer flew one more run on the chopper Tuesday afternoon trying to track his movements.
“At this point it’s more for education, to try and collect data over time to educate park visitors on what can happen,” Wold said.