Crews looking for climber spot body

The Associated Press /

PORTLAND — Authorities searching for a climber who has been missing on Mount Hood since last weekend said Saturday that they have spotted a body near the top of a glacier.

Oregon Army National Guard Blackhawk helicopter crews made the discovery at an altitude of about 8,400 feet, the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.

The sheriff’s office said officials believe there’s a high probability that the body belongs to Kinley Adams, a 59-year-old Salem dentist who failed to return June 22 from a climb on the west side of Oregon’s tallest mountain.

The terrain is extremely difficult and authorities weren’t able to reach the body Saturday. Recovery teams will begin to try to reach the body early today.

Avalanche risk from warming temperatures prevented rescue teams from climbing to the upper part of the 11,239-foot peak.