Park officials are beginning to find the remains of four climbers who disappeared on Mount Rainer’s Paradise Glacier in January. Below are the National Park Service statements on the recovery:

Two Climbers Recovered from Paradise Glacier; Another Remains Missing
Date: September 8, 2012

Following the recovery yesterday (Sept. 7, 2012) of two bodies presumed to be those of climbers missing since January, searchers at Mount Rainier National Park scoured the mountainside today but did not locate anyone else.

Four climbers went missing in a series of storms in January. The body of Mark Vucich was discovered on the Muir Snowfield near the standard climbing route at about 8,000 feet elevation on Aug. 6.

A second body was spotted during routine helicopter operations on Thursday, Sept. 6, on the edge of a crevasse at 8,200 feet near the top of the Paradise Glacier. Rangers quickly located a third body nearby, and both were taken by helicopter and ambulance yesterday afternoon to the Pierce County Medical Examiner. Searchers also found climbing gear buries in the snow.

It is likely that the two individuals recovered yesterday, a male and a female, are, like Vucich, members of the group of four that disappeared in January. Their identities will be confirmed by the Medical Examiner. The three remaining missing climbers are Michelle Trojanowski, Sork Yang and Seol Hee Jin.

Searchers spent Sept. 8 looking for signs of the fourth climber, using hand probes, shovels, metal detectors, a search dog, a helicopter, and Recco avalanche transceivers.

The search focused primarily on the two locations where bodies had previously been found, but did not turn up any significant new evidence.

The weather on Mount Rainier is expected to deteriorate over the next few days, and no clues have been found that would narrow down on the vast mountain to search next. The search will remain active but limited during scheduled flights and as crews are in the area. The park is interested in hearing from anybody who sees any items that may be associated with the missing climbers.

Identity Confirmed of Victim Found on Paradise Glacier
Date: September 10, 2012

The Pierce County Medical Examiner has confirmed that one of the bodies recovered on the Paradise Glacier Friday (Sept. 7) afternoon is that of Michelle Trojanowski. A male body was found nearby; however, his identity has not yet been confirmed.

Trojanowski is the second member of a party of two that went missing in mid-January during a winter camping trip on the Muir Snowfield. The body of Mark Vucich was found on August 6 near the Camp Muir climbing route at about 8,000 feet elevation. Trojanowski was found on the edge of a large crevasse near the top of the Paradise Glacier, at about 8,200 feet elevation and less than mile northeast of where Vucich was found.

A second party of two went missing at the same time as Vucich and Trojanowski. Sork Yang and Seol Hee Jin, a male and female climing team, had registered for a summit attempt an were last seen ascending a short distance ahead of Vucich and Trajanowski.

Trojanowski’s body was spotted by helicopter during a routine resupply trip to Camp Muir on Thursday, Sept. 6. Searchers scoured the vicinity on Friday and Saturday, turning up the second body and some climbing and camping gear. The body of a fourth climber was not found.

The search will remain active but limited during scheduled flights and as crews are in the area. The park is interested in hearing from anybody who sees any items that may be associated with the missing climbers.