Search For Mount Rainier Hiker Called Off
Mon., Nov. 17, 1997
The search for a 27-year-old hiker missing on Mount Rainier was suspended Sunday, the National Park Service said.
Chet Hanson of Wilkeson, Wash., has been missing since Tuesday when he left on a day hike alone.
An intensive search by friends, family members, co-workers, the Park Service, volunteers, search and rescue teams, dogs and aircraft has failed to turn up any sign of the man.
Hanson was reported missing when he failed to show up for work Wednesday.
His vehicle was found at the Deer Creek trailhead on state Highway 123, the Park Service said.
Hanson left no itinerary and is believed to have been wearing only light clothing.
Overnight temperatures have been well below freezing, and new snow fell Sunday, the Park Service said.
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