Elite Team Searches for Local Missing on Mount Rainier

Mark Vucich of San Diego is missing on Mount Rainier with a winter storm warning in effect until midnight Wednesday

Thursday, Jan 19, 2012  |  Updated 3:15 PM PDT
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Elite Team Searches for Local Missing on Mt. Rainier

Ken Nichols

Snow is expected through the weekend according to the National Weather Service.

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An elite mountain rescue team is on its way up Washington's Mount Rainier searching for four people missing for days in a nasty storm. One of the missing is from San Diego.

The team of 10 highly experienced mountaineers is looking on a portion of the intended route of a pair of overdue campers and two climbers who were trying to summit the 14,410-foot volcano.

The rescuers reached Camp Muir at the 10,000-foot level by midday Thursday, where they plan to spend the night.

Campers Mark Vucich, 37, of San Diego and Michelle Trojanowski, 30, of Atlanta were due back Sunday.

The pair was said to be camping in the Muir snowfield at the 10,000-foot level rangers said.

The climbers had been scheduled back down Monday. Rangers believe they were all well-equipped and experienced but worry they're running out of supplies.

It wasn't immediately clear how much snow had fallen in the area, but about 2 feet fell on lower parts of the mountain.

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