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Body of missing climber found in Cascades

Searchers spotted the body of the son of Hall of Fame boxing promoter Bob Arum on a rugged mountainside Friday afternoon, five days after they began looking for him in North Cascades National Park, authorities said.

The body belonging to John Arum, an experienced mountain climber, was seen from a National Park Service helicopter at about the 7,700-foot level of the 8,500-foot Storm King mountain, park spokeswoman Kerry Olson said.

Previous flights had been made in this area, but recent snow melt made it possible to locate the 49-year-old Seattle environmental attorney’s body Friday, she said.

It wasn’t possible to either reach or retrieve the body, but Olson said it was clear to searchers in the helicopter that Arum was dead.

“There was no doubt of that,” she said, adding it appeared that Arum had fallen.

The search began Monday after Arum failed to return from a solo weekend trip to scale the mountain, which is about 85 miles northeast of Seattle. Family members said the climb was part of Arum’s goal of reaching the summit of the 100 highest peaks in the state.

“His plan was to climb Storm King on Saturday, so it’s probably a safe assumption that he fell that day,” Olson said.

National Park Service workers were trying to develop a plan to recover the body, which is in an area so difficult “that people can’t rappel down or climb up to it,” she said.

The National Weather Service has forecast that clouds will move in with a chance of rain to day.

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