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Troopers recover body of hiker killed in Wrangell St. Elias

Posted: Friday, July 13, 2001

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The body of a German tourist who died in a fall in Wrangell St. Elias National Park has been recovered, Alaska State Troopers said Thursday.

A high altitude helicopter from Talkeetna was used Wednesday night to recover the body of the 35-year-old hiker. His name was not released.

The hiker's body was found June 29 about a half mile from his campsite. The man had fallen onto a cliff face adjacent to the Nabesna Glacier.

Rescue crews decided not to attempt to recover the body at that time because it was near the bottom of a 300-foot cliff in an area that was not accessible without a helicopter. The body was found about a half-mile from the man's tent.

The tourist had been flown to an area near the glacier 10 days before his body was found. He was to be picked up a week later but was reported missing after he failed to meet his charter plane.

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