Matthew Bunker was found dead Monday in a crevasse at the base of a cliff by search helicopters and climbing rangers, according to a news release from the National Park Service. He was reported missing on Liberty Ridge on Friday by a climbing partner, the release said.
The 28-year-old from Seattle had been skiing at the 10,400 foot elevation on the mountain when he fell on steep terrain, the release said. It is not clear what caused his fall.
“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 degree of sorrow to be unable to bring him home to his family.”
Authorities are still searching for two other men who have gone missing on the mountain this month.
Vincent Djie was reported missing June 19 after last seen hiking the Van Trump Trail toward Mildred Point in the park.
Djie is a student from Indonesia living in Seattle, the NPS said. The agency said it is coordinating with rescue groups, Djie’s family, and the Indonesian Consulate in San Francisco on this search.
“Each and every person that goes missing on Mount Rainier is deeply involved. Our collective hearts ache with the families and loved ones of those who are still missing, who are seeking solace and answers during some of their most difficult days,” Swartout. said.