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Body found on Mount Rainier could have gone missing in January

Authorities on Tuesday recovered a man's body on Mount Rainier after a group of hikers discovered some clothes under rapidly melting snow a day earlier.

The body was found near a trail -- at about 8,000 feet in elevation -- at Muir Snowfield at Mount Rainier National Park. A group made the discovery as it descended from Camp Muir.


Authorities aren't certain, but there's a "good chance" the body is connected to four missing climbers who were lost in storms in January, park spokesperson Patti Wold told NBC News. 

The Pierce County Medical Examiner is working to identify the body. It appeared to have been "under snow for some time," Wold said in a statement.

No other bodies were found, but the search for the climbers continues on a limited basis. Warmer weather over the next couple months could melt more snow and possibly reveal more evidence.

The climbers were part of two separate groups lost in January: Mark Vucich, 37, of San Diego and Michelle Trojanowski, 30, of Atlanta; and Sork (Erik) Yang, 52, of Springfield, Ore. and Seol Hee Jin, 52, from South Korea, according to Seattle's NBC affiliate KING 5.

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