Mount Rainier National Park Announces Winter Operating Schedule

Trees dot the snowy ridges of Paradise at Mount Rainier National Park.

The National Park Service located the body of a missing skier on Monday along the base of Liberty Ridge in Mount Rainier National Park.

Seattle resident Matthew Bunker, 28, had been missing since Friday, June 26, when he fell near Thumb Rock, elevation 10,400 feet, while skiing behind another member of his climbing party.

Clear skies allowed a park service helicopter to locate Bunker in a crevasse at the base of a cliff that is inaccessible by ground or air.

“We extend our deepest condolences to Matthew’s loved ones and friends,” said Tracy Swartout, deputy superintendent of Mount Rainier National Park. “It brings us a great deal of sorrow not to be unable to bring him home to his family.”

Bunker’s parents, Carolyn and Joe Bunker, live in Delavan, Wisconsin, his hometown. Bunker graduated from the United States Military Academy West Point in 2013 and spent five years in the military.   

As conditions allow, rescuers continue to search for two other missing Mount Rainier hikers: Vincent Djie in the Longmire/Van Trump area, and Talal Sabbagh in the Paradise area. The park is working with the families of both men as the search continues.

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