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Missing hiker found dead near Pemberton

Michael Charles Low reportedly fell into a crevasse near Joffre Peak



A hiker that had been missing since early Saturday morning has been found dead near Pemberton, confirmed search and rescue personnel.

Vancouver man Michael Charles Low, 49, reportedly fell in a crevasse in steep, mountainous terrain on Anniversary Glacier, near Joffre Peak.

"At this point we don't know what happened," said Pemberton Search and Rescue manager Dave Steers. "All our guys are reporting (the area) to be extremely icy and slippery with lots of exposed ice."

Low was reported missing to Vancouver Police when he failed to meet friends for dinner Saturday and could not be reached by cell phone.

The experienced hiker had told friends he planned to overnight Friday at the Keith Flavelle hut near the headwaters of Cerise Creek before returning Saturday afternoon.

He was last seen early Saturday morning heading uphill from the cabin, according to Mounties.

Pemberton Search and Rescue (PSAR) was mobilized and began a comprehensive search at first light Sunday morning. Whistler Search and Rescue also assisted in the alpine search.

The Cerise Creek trail is a relatively short hike through remote forest along the Duffey Lake Road. The Keith Flavelle hut is surrounded by forest and steep mountainous terrain that "can be challenging," said Steers.

The location where Low's body was found was close to the site of another tragic incident from January where three hikers were killed after falling from a central couloir on Joffre Peak.

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