Body of hiker recovered near Mount Rainier
By The Associated Press
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The wife of 66-year-old George Merriam reported him missing Thursday when he failed to return from a day hike on Pinnacle Peak south of Mount Rainier.
Rangers found the Lakewood man’s vehicle at the trailhead Thursday evening and launched a hasty search of the trail in the dark.
A helicopter crew spotted his body about 200 feet below the trail on Friday morning.
Ground teams spent seven hours recovering his body.
The trail climbs to a saddle in the Tatoosh Range between Pinnacle and Plummer Peaks, and is popular for its dramatic views of Rainier, Mount Adams and Mount St. Helens.
Some hikers scramble off-trail to the top of Pinnacle or Plummer peaks, but it wasn’t clear whether that’s what Merriam was doing.
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