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Climber who fell 1,000 feet to death is named


PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Rescuers released the name of a climber from New Jersey who fell about 1,000 feet from the top of Oregon’s tallest peak.

The Hood River County Sheriff’s Office says 57-year-old Robert Cormier of Jersey City, New Jersey, died Tuesday.

Sheriff’s office spokesman Pete Hughes said Cormier ascended Mount Hood’s south side with two others, one of whom suffered a leg cramp.

Cormier continued alone and appeared to reach the summit before he fell near Eliot Glacier at the volcanic peak 50 miles east of Portland.

A helicopter photographed him, but crews saw no signs of life.

Hughes says rescuers will wait until next week to recover Cormier’s body, when colder temperatures would afford them more stability on the rocks and ice.