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Searchers find missing hiker's pack

Searchers in the rugged North Cascades of Washington state have found a backpack belonging to the son of Hall of Fame boxing promoter Bob Arum, but are still looking for the missing climber.

John Arum, a 49-year-old environmental lawyer in Seattle and an experienced climber, was reported missing Monday after failing to return from a weekend trip to climb Storm King, an 8,515-foot peak about 85 miles northeast of Seattle.

North Cascades National Park spokeswoman Kerry Olson said Thursday that the backpack was found late Wednesday afternoon by ground searchers about 900 feet below the summit on the mountain’s south side.

The backpack was along a climbing route, and “it looked as though it was placed there,” Olson said.

She said gear needed for climbing was missing from the pack. Climbers often take only essential gear to lighten their load while attempting a summit.

Searchers Wednesday found no additional signs of Arum, Olson said. Twelve searchers aided by two helicopters resumed looking for him Thursday morning, she said. Arum is believed to be by himself.

Bob Arum learned Tuesday that his eldest son was missing while in Los Angeles, at the start of a three-city media tour to promote Manny Pacquiao’s next fight against Antonio Margarito. He left for Seattle that afternoon and connected with park rangers orchestrating the search.

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