Tragic news out of Washington State where a Seattle man reported missing last week during a ski trip was found Monday along the base of Mount Rainier’s Liberty Ridge. KOMO News reports Matthew Bunker, 28, was reported missing June 26th by other people in his climbing party. The 28-year-old was descending on skis behind his partner at about 10,400 feet in elevation near Thumb Rock when he went missing. Bunker had fallen in steep train and wasn’t found until days later.
The National Park Service’s A-Star B3 helicopter and Mount Rainier National Park climbing rangers made several aerial recon missions during the search to find Bunker. He was found in a crevasse at the base of a cliff that is extremely dangerous to search due to frequent rock and ice falls:
“We extend our deepest condolences to Matthew’s loved ones and friends. It brings us a great degree of sorrow to be unable to bring him home to his family.” –Tracy Swartout, Deputy Superintendent of Mount Rainier National Park
Bunker graduated from West Point in 2013 and proudly spent five years in the military serving his country. Our deepest sympathies go out to his family and friends.