The body of a 65-year-old Eatonville woman who fell from a steep slope in the southwest corner of Mount Rainier National Park has been recovered.
Constance Markham’s accidental fall from a slope below Ricksecker Point was reported at 12:30 p.m. on Jan. 9. Searchers located her that same day in “steep, hazardous terrain” and confirmed that she was dead, according to a Mount Rainier National Park press release.
A ground team returned to the area the next day and used a Bell 206 helicopter from Northeast Helicopters in Olympia to recover her body.
Markham’s body was then turned over to the Pierce County Medical Examiner’s office.
In total, 22 National Park Service employees participated in the search and recovery, and they were assisted by 13 Mountain Rescue Association personnel from Tacoma, Seattle and Olympic Units; eight Nordic Patrol volunteers; and one person from Pierce County Fire District 23.