PORTLAND, Ore. Authorities say a Polish military man was found dead after a fall from near the summit of Mount Hood.
Sebastian Kinasiewicz, 32, was reported missing on Monday by his roommate after he failed to return on Sunday. Crews found his car at a trailhead, but a daylong search of two routes that start at that point failed to determine his whereabouts.
The search resumed Tuesday using a helicopter with equipment that can identify a signal from an international cellphone, Hood River County sheriff's Sgt. Pete Hughes said.
Kinasiewicz was carrying water and warm clothing but no sleeping bag or food and wasn't equipped to stay out overnight. Hughes said conditions have been survivable, and hypothermia and moisture would not be a problem above ground.
Kinasiewicz was described online as a novice climber who has had survival training, Hughes said.
Two teams of searchers headed up the mountain on Tuesday, joined by a National Guard helicopter. One team had 13 members.
Kinasiewicz has been in the U.S. for drone training at the Insitu Inc. in Bingen, Wash.
"Our thoughts are with Sebastian's family at this difficult time," VInsitu spokeswoman Jill Vacek said in a statement.
Mount Hood, the tallest mountain in Oregon, is a popular climbing site that has seen dozens of accidents and fatalities over the years. Thousands of people climb the peak each year, mostly in the spring. Summer climbing is more dangerous because warmer temperatures melt the ice and loosen rocks.
A snowboarder from Colorado died on the mountain earlier this month when an ice tunnel collapsed. In July, searchers found the body of a Salem, Ore., dentist who suffered a fatal fall during a solo climb.