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article imageSearch for Mt. Hood Hikers Continues After One Found Dead

By Michael Bearak     Dec 13, 2009 in World
One hiker has been found dead, while the search continues for two other hikers missing. The search has been going on since Friday, and at this time is still a rescue effort.
Three hikers set off to trek of Oregon's Mount Hood Friday morning. They were reported missing around 10:00pm (Pacific Time) that night. Authorities have been following the planned path to the best of their knowledge and did find the body of one deceased hiker, Luke T. Gullberg, 26, of Des Moines, Washington.
The search continued for two other hikers who have not been found. The rescue efforts have been hindered and slowed by an increasing threat of avalanches. According to the Clackamas County Sheriff's office the group had set-out for a "semi-technical" hike.
Deputy Sheriff, Scott Meyers stated, "This is still called a rescue operation, at least for a couple days," Meyers cited that there is reason to believe that the remaining to people did have some warm keep to help them in the event they became stranded on the mountain.
Overnight temperatures were in the 20's and rescuers believe the missing pair, Anthony Vietti, 24, of Longview, Washington, and Katti Nolan, 29, of Portland, Oregon may have dug in and can't get down from the mountain right now.
Another deputy, Jim Strovink, said there is "a high level of danger for avalanche potential on Mount Hood." When the risk decreases the rescuers will be able to divide up into three groups to continue canvassing the mountain.
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