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Hiker’s Body Recovered from Mt. Pilchuck

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  October 14, 2015

CONTACT: Shari Ireton, Director of Communications, Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office, 425-388-3377, Media line:  425-249-6263

VERLOT, Wash. – The body of a 24 year-old Snohomish man was recovered from Mt. Pilchuck today by Search and Rescue teams.  It is believed the man had fallen approximately 400 feet from an area near the lookout tower at the mountain’s summit.

Other people in the area report that the man had hiked up yesterday to the summit, left the group he was hiking with and they lost contact with him just before dark. This morning, a call came in to 911 by someone who had been up at the summit and who saw a man below the north side of the lookout, but stated that it was too dangerous to hike down and check his condition.  The helicopter rescue team arrived in SnoHAWK10  just before 10 a.m. and verified that the man was deceased.  They transported him to Taylor’s Landing (the SAR facility) around 11 a.m., where the Snohomish County Medical Examiner (ME) took custody of the body.

Identification of the victim, as well as cause and manner of death, will be determined by the ME’s Office.