Recovery on Table Mountain

Air Force Reserve Pararescuemen or PJs from Portland’s 304th Rescue Squadron assisted in recovering a hiker who was declared missing October 25, 2016 on Washington state's Table Mountain, a peak rising on the north side of the Columbia River. Early October 26, a team of four PJs scoured steep rocky terrain near the Oregon-Washington border until nightfall with the assistance of volunteers, civil search and rescue teams, AT&T and Apple. Information was obtained to pinpoint the GPS coordinates for the victim's phone allowing searchers to navigate to the cell phone location where they found 31-year-old Melvin Burtch’s body within 50 yards. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Maj. Chris Bernard)

PHOTO BY: Maj Snow
VIRIN: 161027-F-KH715-004.JPG
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