Update on missing Mt. Hood hikers (UPDATE: TERRY JAMES IDENTIFIED)

Not good news:

HOOD RIVER, Ore. – Teams looking for three missing climbers on Mount Hood found a body after searching a second snow cave Sunday, an official said.

The dead climber had not yet been identified, said Pete Hughes, a spokesman for the Hood River County Sheriff’s Office. The body was believed to be one of the three missing climbers, authorities said.

The body was found in a snow cave — but not the one that was first searched earlier Sunday, he said.

“We have confirmed one fatality” said Capt. Michael Braibish of the Oregon National Guard. “We do not have the identity of that individual at this time. To say anything more at this point would be speculation.”

Earlier this week I blogged about the missing hikers and noted that ST reader Melissa in Texas had posted a request for prayers – one of the hikers, Kelly James, is her husband’s cousin. Please continue to keep the hikers – and their families – in your thoughts and prayers.

Mon AM Update: The body of the hiker found has been identified as Terry James.

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