The search for a missing University of Washington professor who vanished weeks ago near Mt. Rainier resumed after a snowstorm hindered rescue efforts.
After snow blanketed the search area Friday, National Park Service officials said Sunday teams would again try to find and rescue Dr. Sam Dubal.
On October 9, Dubal set off for a hike alone. The 33-year-old anthropology professor was spotted that day on the Mother Mountain Loop trail, near Lake Mowich in Mt. Rainier National Park.
Family said Dubal took a tent, a sleeping bag, snow gear, rain gear, a cellphone and a charger, reported ABC News. He was expected home the next day.
Dr. Sam Dubal, an anthropology professor at the University of Washington, was reported missing after last being seen hiking October 9 in Mt. Rainier National Park
Ground teams, dogs, helicopters, and drones have searched for the missing Dubal in Mt. Rainier National Park, but a snowstorm Friday halted those efforts until Sunday
Having heard nothing by October 11, family reported him missing.
Since then ground crews, dogs, drones, and helicopters have sought the missing hiker, according to KOMO.
Temperatures have ranged from 20 to 30 degrees Fahrenheit.
No trace of the professor has turned up.
'Searchers have spent long hours scouring the area and not locating Dr. Dubal is heavy on our hearts,' Mt. Rainier National Park Superintendent Chip Jenkins said in a statement to ABC. 'We continue to be in close contact with Dr. Dubal's family and will keep them updated as new information becomes available.'
Dubal was a seasoned hiker with experience in the Himalayas, and family said he took along snow gear, rain gear, a tent, a sleeping bag, a cellphone and a charger on his October 9 hike in the park.