Body of hiker recovered from Mt. Pilchuck

VERLOT, Wash. (AP) — Officials say the body of a 24-year-old Snohomish man has been recovered from Mt. Pilchuck, about 60 miles northeast of Seattle.

Snohomish County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Shari Ireton said in a news release it is believed the man fell about 400 feet from an area near the lookout tower on the mountain's summit.

Ireton says people in the area reported that the man had hiked to the summit Tuesday, left his hiking group and lost contact with them before it got dark.

On Wednesday morning, someone called authorities to report seeing a man below the lookout but said it was too dangerous to hike down and check on him.

Search and rescue teams recovered his body by helicopter Wednesday morning.

The man has not been identified.