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2 More Found Dead on McKinley Slope

The bodies of two more of the seven missing mountain climbers on 20,300-foot Mt. McKinley were located late yesterday at about the 18,000-foot level..

2 Mar

2 More Found Dead on McKinley Slope


The bodies of two more of the seven missing mountain climbers on 20,300-foot Mt. McKinley were located late yesterday at about the 18,000-foot level.

Hope faded that the four men still missing would be found alive.

A climbing party of five reached the two bodies after one of them was sighted by bush pilot Don Sheldon of Talkeetna, who was flying reconnaissance at the 20,000-foot level. However, the party had to return to the 15,000-foot level to rest.

There was no immediate identification.

A third body, found by a ground party at a base camp at the 17,000-foot level earlier on Saturday, was identified as that of Stephen A. Taylor of Chicago.

The rescue party radioed that there were indications the climbers may have been blown off a ridge just below the south peak in a violent storm near the summit.

The seven missing men had radioed July 18 they had reached the summit of McKinley's south peak and were starting down.

Besides Taylor, the missing members of a 12-man party were listed as Jerry Clark, Mark McLaughlin and John Russell, all of Eugene, Ore. Dennis Luchterland, Scarsdale, N.Y., and Henry James and Walter Taylor, Lafayette, Ind.