Climber Found Dead, Ohio Native Still Missing - Cleveland 19 News Cleveland, OH

Climber Found Dead, Ohio Native Still Missing

AP - Ohio native Jerry Cooke AP - Ohio native Jerry Cooke
Photo by Christopher Ford - Brian Hull, Missing Climber Photo by Christopher Ford - Brian Hull, Missing Climber

Hood River, Oregon - Rescue workers found and searched two snow caves, no one inside of the first. Crews found a sleeping bag, ice axes, and coil rope inside of the snow cave. The second cave did contain one of the missing climbers, Kelly James, who was dead.

Helicopters spotted a "Y" carved in the snow, which means "yes we are here". Footprints were spotted as well.

Ohio is considered home to one of the missing climbers. Jerry Cooke, 36 years old, is originally from Waverly, OH. Relatives are hoping and praying for the return of their nephew who is lost on Oregon's Mount Hood.

The area is about 300 feet below the summit in the general area where one of the hikers made a distress call a week ago.

There has been no communication from Kelly James, 48, of Dallas, 37-year-old Brian Hall of Dallas, or 36-year-old Jerry "Nikko" Cooke of New York City since Dec. 10, when James used his cell phone to call his family. He told them he was sheltering in a snow cave while his companions started back down the mountain, apparently to get help for him.

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