Officials said an investigation so far suggests the people died from self-inflicted gunshot wounds in the previous few days. Officials say the men are ages 29 and 34, and neither are from Western Washington.
I too feel for the SAR or NPS employees. I've been told that recovering a body from suicide is not a task that most SAR are unfamiliar with.
I recently assisted for several days with a SAR team and talked with the dog handler about this. I acknowledged that she sees some very tragic aspects of humanity as suicides and murders are sometimes part of her recovery efforts. She said the SAR personnel are offered the psychological support services that are afforded by the county in which they operate. She had never dealt with recovery of a child and thought she would be greatly mentally challenged with that occurrence if it presents in the future. I was encouraged that they are provided with the help that they need as at the end of the day we are all human.
A what if scenario crossed my mind: what if the weather changed and the bodies had by chance been covered by snow not to be found by the hikers who found them and remained on the summit to be found next year. Though I would assume that the vehicle of the deceased parked at the gate would have raised some sort of alarm after awhile if the deceased hadnít been found at Tolmie.
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