No sign of Florida skydiver missing near Seattle

Rugged terrain surrounds the summit of Mount Si, upper right, Friday, Jan. 4, 2013, near North Bend, Wash. Searchers in the air and on the ground were looking for 29-year-old Kurt Ruppert of Lake City, Fla., who has been missing since a skydiving trip on Thursday. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Rugged terrain surrounds the summit of Mount Si, upper right, Friday, Jan. 4, 2013, near North Bend, Wash. Searchers in the air and on the ground were looking for 29-year-old Kurt Ruppert of Lake City, Fla., who has been missing since a skydiving trip on Thursday. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

NORTH BEND, Wash. (AP) -- The search for a wing suit-wearing skydiver in the Washington Cascade foothills will continue by helicopter as the weather allows, but officials don't expect to find him alive.

No one saw a parachute Thursday, and if 29-year-old Kurt Ruppert, of Lake City, Fla., was caught in a tree or lost in the forest, the King County sheriff's office believes he's dead of hypothermia.

Sgt. Cindi West says the ground search was suspended Sunday after dozens of searchers covered 9 square miles at Mount Si (SY), a steep and heavily forested 4,200-foot peak about 30 miles east of Seattle.

Fog prevented a helicopter search Monday.

Ruppert was taking turns with two friends who were waiting on the ground when he jumped out of a helicopter at 6,500 feet.


Join the Conversation!

To comment, the following rules must be followed:

  • No Obscenity, Profanity, Vulgarity, Racism or Violent Descriptions
  • No Negative Community Comparisons
  • No Fighting, Name-calling, or Personal Attacks
  • Multiple Accounts are Not Allowed
  • Stay on Story Topic

Comments may be monitored for inappropriate content, but the station is under no legal obligation to do so.
If you believe a comment violates the above rules, please use the Flagging Tool to alert a Moderator.
Flagging does not guarantee removal.

Multiple violations may result in account suspension.
Decisions to suspend or unsuspend accounts are made by Station Moderators.
Links require admin approval before posting.
Questions may be sent to webmaster@wvlt-tv.com. Please provide detailed information.

powered by Disqus

WVLT VOLUNTEER TV

6450 Papermill Drive Knoxville, TN 37919 Phone - (865) 450-8888; Fax - (865) 450-8869
Gray Television, Inc. - Copyright © 2014 WVLT-TV Inc. - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 185887772