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Body of Middle Sister Hiker Recovered

BEND, OR -- The body of 39-year old Bend man Benjamin Newkirk was recovered from Middle Sister late Sunday morning.  Newkirk was found 800 to 900 feet below where he fell from, near the summit.  He fell Wednesday evening, althogh whiteout conditions, extreme cold and ice forced searchers off the mountain until Sunday. 

 

Volunteers and SAR units from Eugene, Corvallis and Bend took part in yesterday's recovery effort.  While Newkirk was reportedly an experienced climber, Sgt. John Miller with the Lane County Sheriff's Office says it appears he was not dressed for the extreme weather. 

 

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