Search for Missing Hiker Delayed Due to Avalanche Danger

Washington snowpack still hazardous


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Rescuers continue to wait for conditions to improve before they search for a man caught in an avalanche near Washington’s Granite Mountain on Saturday. 

The victim, now identified as 61-year-old dentist Mitch Hungate, had been hiking with two others who managed to excape being buried

Members of the King County Sheriff’s Office say the search may not resume for days as avalanche danger is still high.

Another avalanche that took place just a half hour earlier at nearby Snoqualmie Pass injured 12 and took the life of one woman. She has now been identified as 55-year-old physician Dr. Joy Yu. 

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