The King County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) said on June 4, 2016, remains were found in the Kendall Peak area of Snoqualmie Pass – this is the area where backcountry skier Monty Busbee was reported missing during a December 2015 snowstorm.
KCSO did not confirm that the remains found were Busbee – and added that it will not release the the name of the victim until they are positively identified by the Medical Examiner and family notification has been made.
Via press release KCSO said friends of a backcountry skier who went missing in December 2015 were specifically searching the Kendall Peak area – north of Snoqualmie Pass – for their missing friend. The remains were found in an area where their friend was believed to have been heading the day he went missing.
After the discovery, members of King County Search and Rescue responded to the scene and KCSO Guardian 1 was able to carefully retrieve and remove the remains from the mountain, flying them to the King County Medical Examiner’s Office for positive identification.
KCSO stated the clothing and equipment on and with the remains were “consistent with that of someone who had been backcountry skiing at the time of their death.” They added that the cause of death is not known at this time and won’t be released until confirmed by the medical examiner.