Mt. Rainier, Washington (WAOK/AJC)-A break in the weather over Mount Rainier allowed an aerial search to resume Monday for an Atlanta woman and three other people missing for the past week, authorities said.
Searchers are looking for 30-year-old Michelle Trojanowski, of Atlanta, and 37-year-old Mark Vucich, of San Diego, who had set out to camp on the mountain, about 70 miles southeast of Seattle in Washington state, and were due back Jan. 15.
Also missing are a pair of climbers — 52-year-old Sork “Erik” Yang, of Springfield, Ore., and Seol Hee Jin, of Korea. They were due back Jan.16.
“A break between storms is providing a weather window for an air search of the upper mountain by helicopters from Joint Base Lewis McChord and Northwest Helicopters, and a fixed-wing from Washington State patrol,” said Patti Wold, spokeswoman for the National Park Service.
“The ground search continues today with 40 people in the field,” Wold said in a statement emailed to news media about 1:30 p.m. Atlanta time.
On Sunday, ground teams conducted visual searches of terrain previously obscured by weather, Wold said. No sign was found of the missing parties.
During the past week, searchers have had to battle winds of up to 60 mph, white out conditions, ice-crusted snow and snow 10 to 15 feet with drifts up to 50 feet.