Tatum Morell은 7월 저녁에 위성 장치를 사용하여 마지막으로 가족에게 전화를 걸었습니다. 1 다음 날 레드 로지(Red Lodge) 시 근처의 웨스트 포크 트레일 헤드(West Fork Trailhead)로 출발하기 전에, Red Lodge Fire Rescue 보도 자료에서 말했다. The trailhead is located in southcentral Montana, near the 와이오밍 경계.
구조자 launched a search for the 23-year-old when she failed to return on July 5. But after a week-long search, officials say it is unlikely she is still alive.
“운수 나쁘게, there are hundreds of thousands of places that Tate could have gotten into trouble on these rugged mountains when the storms came into the area on Friday,” said Red Lodge Fire Rescue Incident commander Tom Kuntz. “After the extensive search efforts, we do not believe she survived.”
Morell was described as an “avid and experienced hiker” with a lifetime of experience taking backcountry trips with her family and by herself.
“Tate was a fiercely independent, adventurous soul who loved the mountains,” her family said in a statement. “We find some solace in knowing she passed in a place she loved.”
Morell had planned to climb five mountain peaks over 12,000 feet tall in the West Fork of Rock Creek near Red Lodge, 관리들은 말했다. 칠월 2, she left her tent at Shadow Lake and set off to summit a 12,000-foot peak. She never returned to her tent.
Rescuers said it is believed the 23-year-old “had a tragic accident” and was unable to activate her inReach communication device.
7 월부터 5, rescuers said search teams have combed the rugged mountains that rise above 12,000 피트, navigating treacherous terrain filled with rock fields, car-sized boulders, scree fields and snowfields.
With rescuers and Morell’s family believing there is little chance the 23-year-old is still alive, officials said that search efforts would continue on a limited but continuous basis to investigate specific areas using trained rescuers and search dog teams.
폭스 뉴스’ Bradford Betz contributed to this report.