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Searchers Locate Body of US Mountain Climber, 2 Others Still Missing

Search teams have located the body of a U.S. mountain-climber who had been missing more than a week on Mount Hood in Oregon. Two other climbers in the same party are still missing.

The body was located Sunday in a snow cave near the top of the mountain. Earlier in the day, searchers discovered another nearby snow cave that contained a sleeping bag and some gear.

The three hikers set out on December 7 for a hike to the top of the 3,425-meter mountain. They had planned a two day climb, and were reported missing when they failed to return.

One of the climbers used a cellular telephone to call his family on Tuesday, but rescue efforts were hampered by severe snowstorms which did not clear until Sunday morning.

Some information for this report was provided by AP , Bloomberg and Reuters.