MOUNT HOOD, Ore. (KOIN) — On Sunday search and rescue crews brought down a body found during the seventh day of looking for Salem dentist Kinley Adams on Mount Hood.
The discovery was made around 1:30 p.m. Saturday at an elevation of 8,400 feet, the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office said in a release. By 10:30 p.m. Sunday, the body had been brought off the mountain — headed to the medical examiner’s office for cause of death and a positive identification.
Prior to the body’s retrieval, officials said it had “a high probability” of being the 59-year-old Adams. However, the teams will not be able to reach the body until at least Sunday because of the “very difficult and technical terrain” where he’s located.
“This is a very disappointing end to a difficult week,” Adams’ brother-in-law Mark Goetz said. “We do genuinely wish it ended differently, but this is where we’re at.”
A search for Adams began last Sunday and continued every day on the ground and in the air. Weather hampered search efforts throughout the week.
He was training for an expedition in Nepal when he went up on Mount Hood a week ago.
“We’re left with wrestling with hard things and we will. And we know Christ will go with us. We’re not alone,” Goetz said. “And I guess that’s just it. We’re not alone.”
A recovery was planned for early Sunday morning, with the body expected off the mountain up to 12 hours later. However, as of 7:11 p.m. Sunday, a sheriff’s office spokesperson told KOIN 6 News they were still making their way to the spot where the body was seen.
KOIN 6 News received confirmation from the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office at 10:30 p.m. Sunday that the recovery operation had been completed.