Yong Chun Kim, 66, was leading a snowshoe walk for a hiking group from Tacoma Saturday afternoon, January 14, 2012, when he slipped down a steep slope. He was unable to ascend back to the group and told them he would go around an meet them. His hiking companions returned to Paradise, and when Mr. Kim had not returned by 3:00, the National Park Service initiated a search, which continued on Sunday and Monday, ultimately involving more than 100 people.
Mr. Kim is an experienced snowshoer who has done many day trips at Mount Rainier. He was well equipped for day travel but did not have overnight gear or experience. The search took place in mountainous terrain at an elevation of 4,000-6,000 feet. The weather was wintery, with fresh snow each day, low temperatures in the teens, and high winds.
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66 years old
Foul Play Suspected: No
Suspected Suicide: No
Cause of Death: Believed Alive / Not Dead
Reported missing on January 14, 2012 - 4158 days, 13 hours, 48 minutes ago
Found on January 16, 2012 - 4156 days, 13 hours, 48 minutes ago
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This case file has been assigned the Missing Persons ID 4787
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Judaea RojoJuly 10, 2021 at 11:13 pm
1/16/12 Update: Yong Chun Kim was found alive and well. More here: https://www.nps.gov/mora/learn/news/lost-snowshoer-rescued.htm