Mount Rainier as seen from Spray Park. Photo courtesy Mount Rainier National Park

Mount Rainier as seen from Spray Park. Photo courtesy Mount Rainier National Park

Missing hiker found on Mount Rainier

Philip Kezele, 41, went missing after being last seen July 13 at Spray Park.

  • Tuesday, July 17, 2018 10:15am
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A three day search for Philip Kezele, 41, of Kent, Washington, resolved favorably when he was found in good condition. He is being reunited with family.

Mount Rainier National Park was grateful for all of the information that was received from the public, and are happy to report a successful resolution, the organization said in a release.

The search began when Kezele did not return from an overnight backpacking trip on Thursday, July 12, and was last seen by witnesses Friday morning in the Spray Park area.

On Saturday, rangers conducted hasty searches of local trails in search of clues, assisted by Mountain Rescue volunteers.

When that effort proved unsuccessful, more teams fanned out across the area Sunday.

The park’s helicopter searched by air until it was called away for another rescue at North Cascades National Park. The aerial search continued that afternoon.

Ground and air teams have resumed the search Monday morning, and Kezele was found that afternoon.

In all, 30 individuals were committed to the search, including 17 in the field, representing the National Park Service, Mountain Rescue units from Tacoma, Olympia, Everett, and Seattle, and Washington State Search and Rescue.

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