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Body of Ice Cave Victim Recovered
Contact:  Shari Ireton, Director of Communications
SNOHOMISH, Wash. - Snohomish County Sheriff's Office search and rescue personnel have successfully recovered the body of the 34 year-old woman who died inside the Big Four Ice Caves yesterday.  The victim was flown from the area to Taylor's Landing, the search and rescue facility, and transported from the area by the Snohomish County Medical Examiner's Officer around 4 p.m.  Positive identification of the victim, as well as cause and manner of her death, will be determined by the ME.

Working with an avalanche technician from the Washington State Department of Transportation, search and rescue personnel used small explosives in the area of the caves to dislodge any possible debris, as well as check for stability of the ice.  Technical rescue teams were able to reach the victim and hoist her out with SnoHAWK 10, the Sheriff's Office helicopter.

"Areas of the cave are still collapsing and will continue to do so until the cave no longer exists.  No one should go in or near the cave," said Search and Rescue Deputy Peter Teske. "The area is not safe."