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Mitzi Johanknecht

Humans Remains Found Near Snoqualmie Pass


On June 4, 2016, human remains were found near Snoqualmie Pass in an area where a backcountry skier went missing in December of 2015. The remains were turned over to the King County Medical Examiner’s office to be positively identified.


On June 4th, 2016, friends of a backcountry skier that went missing in December of 2015, found human remains near Kendall Peak, just North of the Snoqualmie Pass Ski area.  The remains were in an area where their friend was believed to have been headed the day he went missing.  The group had been in the area specifically to look for their missing friend.


Members of King County Search and Rescue responded to the scene.   The remains were packaged up and moved to an area where King County Sheriff’s Guardian 1 Helicopter was able to retrieve them using a long line.   The remains were flown off the mountain and turned over to the King County Medical Examiner’s office for further, positive identification.


The Clothing and equipment found on and with the remains, were consistent with that of someone who had been backcountry skiing at the time of their death. 


The King County Sheriffs Office will not release the name of the victim until they are positively identified by the Medical Examiner and notification to the family has been made.  The cause of death is not known at this time either and will not be released until confirmed by the King County Medical Examiner’s Office.  An additional press release will be made when this information is available for public dissemination.