2 bodies recovered on Mount Rainier glacier

Mount Rainier in Washington, in a 2004 file photo. USGS, Jim Vallance/Stephanie Konfal

(AP) ASHFORD, Wash. - Rangers say two bodies recovered from a glacier at Mount Rainier are presumed to be among the four climbers who went missing in January.

The climbers vanished during nasty storms on the mountain, and one body — that of 37-year-old Mark Vucich — was discovered last month.

Mount Rainier National Park spokesman Kevin Bacher said a helicopter crew ferrying supplies to Camp Muir on Thursday spotted a body hanging over the edge of a large crevasse, buried in about 5 feet of snow.

Climbing rangers aided by a helicopter recovered the body of a woman from the crevasse Friday afternoon, and then uncovered a man's body from the snow nearby, at the 8,200-foot level.

They returned Saturday to search for the fourth body, and to investigate a snow-buried campsite in hopes of finding clues to what happened.

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