Crews retrieve body of climber who fell 2,500 feet on Mount Adams

Mount Adams in Washington (Courtesy Debbie Carter)

YAKIMA, Wash. - Search and rescue crews have recovered the body of a climber who plunged 2,500 feet to his death on Mount Adams.

Yakima County Sheriff's Office spokesman Casey Schilperoort says the body of Alexander Edward, 28, of Hillsboro, Ore., was retrieved Wednesday after other climbers discovered it Sunday at around the 8,500-foot elevation of the mountain.

Schilperoort says Edward had been reported missing over the weekend at around the 11,000-foot elevation of the southern Washington volcanic peak. Officials declared Alexander Edward dead after he fell nearly half a mile.

Schilperoort says earlier efforts to retrieve Edward's body with a helicopter were not possible due to inclement weather conditions at the location where he was found.

Authorities did not specify the cause of Edward's fall.

Standing at 12,281 feet, Mount Adams is located in the Cascade Range, about 50 miles southwest of Yakima.

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