PORTLAND, Ore. – Members of Portland Mountain Rescue located human remains in a remote location on Mount Hood, according to the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office on Monday.
The remains were tentatively identified Tuesday afternoon as those of Anthony Vietti, a climber who went missing on the mountain Dec. 11, 2009.
"The Clackamas County Search and Rescue Team suspect, based on the location and search efforts by Portland Mountain Rescue, the remains found to be Anthony Vietti...," according a press release from the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office. The office, however "wishes to stress that the remains have yet to be positively identified."
On Monday Jim Strovink, spokesman for the sheriff’s office, told us the recovery party would not be going up the mountain for a couple of weeks to recover and identify the remains. However, he did say the operation was in the planning stages and would depend on the number of people available and weather conditions.
According to the sheriff’s office, the remains were found above the timber line and in a dangerous area. The recovery requires technical equipment and experts in search and rescue.
Strovink originally said that according to the Facebook pages of the parents of Katie Nolan and Anthony Vietti, the two climbers who disappeared on Mount Hood last December, the remains are those of Nolan and Vietti. But again, the sheriff’s office cannot confirm that information.
Vietti was a 24 year old from Longview, Wash. Twenty-nine-year-old Nolan was from Portland.
They were with a third climber, 26-year-old Luke Gullberg of Des Moines, Wash. His body was found and it was determined he died from hypothermia.