Sept. 3, 2010, 10:44PM
A search helicopter on Friday spotted the body of the son of boxing promoter Bob Arum on a Washington state mountainside, five days after he was reported missing, a national park spokeswoman said.
The body belonging to John Arum, an experienced mountain climber, was seen at about the 7,700-foot level of Storm King mountain, an 8,815-foot peak, North Cascades National Park Spokeswoman Kerry Olson said.
It wasn’t immediately possible to retrieve the body but it was clear to searchers in the helicopter that the 49-year-old Seattle environmental attorney was dead, Olson said. Those involved in the search said Arum likely died in a fall, she said.
The search for Arum began Monday after he failed to return from a weekend trip to climb the mountain, which is about 85 miles northeast of Seattle.
Family members have said Arum’s attempt at reaching the summit was part of his goal to climb the 100 highest peaks in the state.
About 20 people, some using trained search dogs, searched for him on Friday, along with four helicopters, two of them King County sheriff’s aircraft with heat-seeking equipment.
Earlier this week, Bob Arum left Los Angeles to join park rangers coordinating the effort. He had been on a three-city tour promoting the Nov. 13 fight between Manny Pacquiao and Antonio Margarito at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
Searchers in the rugged North Cascades of Washington state have found a climbing backpack and a daypack 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 a daypack was found at the 8,000-foot level Thursday during an aerial search. She said that on Wednesday a backpack was found by ground searchers about 900 feet below the summit on the mountain’s south side.
The daypack was found in an area that suggests it fell because the terrain is too difficult, Olson said. The backpack was along a climbing route, and “it looked as though it was placed there.”
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.
Twelve searchers were aided Thursday by two helicopters that can detect body heat, she said. On Friday, search dogs will be deployed.
The search for Arum, believed to be by himself, was concentrating on the more difficult terrain on the mountain’s north side, Olson said. She said his apparent climbing route follows ridge lines from the south to the final approach on the north flank.
John Arum has been attempting to climb the 100 highest summits in Washington.
Family members told The Associated Press on Wednesday that rangers had found his campsite, but there were indications he had not been there since Saturday.
“We’re keeping our fingers crossed,” said Bob Arum’s son-in-law, Todd duBoef.
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.
DuBoef took over the rest of the media tour, with stops in New York on Wednesday and Dallas on Thursday. The fight is scheduled for Nov. 13 at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
Family members said that John Arum had 18 peaks remaining to reach his goal of climbing the 100 highest in Washington. Storm King is ranked No. 51.
using the number/letter grid:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
A B C D E F G H I
J K L M N O P Q R
S T U V W X Y Z
A = 1 J = 1 S = 1
B = 2 K = 2 T = 2
C = 3 L = 3 U = 3
D = 4 M = 4 V = 4
E = 5 N = 5 W = 5
F = 6 O = 6 X = 6
G = 7 P = 7 Y = 7
H = 8 Q = 8 Z = 8
I = 9 R = 9
what he must/must not do = JU = 13 =