2 bodies recovered on Mount Rainier glacier

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Associated Press

Posted on September 8, 2012 at 1:01 PM

Updated Saturday, Sep 8 at 1:02 PM

ASHFORD, Wash. (AP) — Rangers say two bodies recovered from a glacier at Mount Rainier are presumed to be among the four climbers who went missing in January.

The climbers vanished during nasty storms on the mountain, and one body — that of 37-year-old Mark Vucich — was discovered last month. Mount Rainier National Park spokesman Kevin Bacher says a helicopter crew ferrying supplies to Camp Muir on Thursday spotted a body hanging over the edge of a large crevasse, buried in about 5 feet of snow.

Climbing rangers aided by a helicopter recovered the body of a woman from the crevasse Friday afternoon and then uncovered a man's body from the snow nearby, at the 8,200-foot level. They returned Saturday to search for the fourth body, and to investigate a snow-buried campsite in hopes of finding clues to what happened.

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