Overdue hiker found dead in Mount Rainier National Park

Mount Rainier from Sunrise Point, July 28, 2015. Photo by Helen Russ

Mount Rainier National Park officials say ground crews found a 76-year-old overdue hiker dead in the Paradise River drainage Thursday.

Officials say the man left to hike Mazama Ridge on Wednesday. He was reported missing at 8 a.m. Thursday morning.

At noon, crews began a ground search.

They found the man deceased at 4:45 p.m. Thursday in the Paradise River drainage near 4th Crossing.

Officials say the man is an experienced hiker in the area and usually carries essential gear, including a map and compass.

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