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Body Found Below Cliff At Mount Rainier National Park

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A body was found Monday at the base of a cliff in Mount Rainier National Park, marking the tenth fatality in the park this year.

Park officials reported few details of the incident, saying in a release that the body was spotted by rangers "investigating a vehicle parked for several days at Ricksecker Point, a dramatic overlook on the south side of the park."

"When a check of its license plate did not turn up anything unusual rangers entered the vehicle on Sunday evening, found identification, and linked it to a missing persons report," the release said. "A search initiated on Monday morning using ground crews and a helicopter eventually located a body at the base of the cliff below Ricksecker Point."

The cliff face of Ricksecker Point is about 300 feet tall, according to park officials. A park release noted that "the injuries to the body are consistent with a fall from great height."

The body was removed by helicopter and delivered to the Lewis County Coroner where identification will be made.

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