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    Backpack of son of promoter Bob Arum found in Cascades
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    SEATTLE (AP) Searchers in the rugged North Cascades of Washington state have found a climbing backpack and a daypack belonging to the son of Hall of Fame boxing promoter Bob Arum, but are still looking for the missing climber.
    John Arum, a 49-year-old environmental lawyer in Seattle and an experienced climber, was reported missing Monday after failing to return from a weekend trip to climb Storm King, an 8,515-foot peak about 85 miles northeast of Seattle.

    North Cascades National Park spokeswoman Kerry Olson said Thursday a daypack was found at the 8,000-foot level Thursday during an aerial search. She said that on Wednesday a backpack was found by ground searchers about 900 feet below the summit on the mountain's south side.

    The daypack was found in an area that suggests it fell because the terrain is too difficult, Olson said. The backpack was along a climbing route, and "it looked as though it was placed there."

    She said gear needed for climbing was missing from the pack. Climbers often take only essential gear to lighten their load while attempting a summit.

    Twelve searchers were aided Thursday by two helicopters that can detect body heat, she said. On Friday, search dogs will be deployed.

    The search for Arum, believed to be by himself, was concentrating on the more difficult terrain on the mountain's north side, Olson said. She said his apparent climbing route follows ridge lines from the south to the final approach on the north flank.

    John Arum has been attempting to climb the 100 highest summits in Washington.

    Family members told the Associated Press on Wednesday that rangers had found his campsite, but there were indications he had not been there since Saturday.

    "We're keeping our fingers crossed," said Bob Arum's son-in-law, Todd duBoef.

    Bob Arum learned Tuesday that his eldest son was missing while in Los Angeles, at the start of a three-city media tour to promote Manny Pacquiao's next fight against Antonio Margarito. He left for Seattle that afternoon and connected with park rangers orchestrating the search.

    DuBoef took over the rest of the media tour, with stops in New York on Wednesday and Dallas on Thursday. The fight is scheduled for Nov. 13 at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

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    Body of Son of Boxing Promoter Found in Cascades
    Park spokeswoman says body of son of boxing promoter Bob Arum found in North Cascades
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    SEATTLE September 4, 2010 (AP)
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    Searchers spotted the body of the son of Hall of Fame boxing promoter Bob Arum on a rugged Washington state mountainside Friday afternoon, five days after they began looking for him in North Cascades National Park, authorities said.

    The body belonging to John Arum, an experienced mountain climber, was seen from a National Park Service helicopter at about the 7,700-foot level of the 8,500-foot Storm King mountain, park spokeswoman Kerry Olson said.

    Previous flights had been made in this area, but recent snow melt made it possible to locate the 49-year-old Seattle environmental attorney's body on Friday, she said.

    It wasn't possible to either reach or retrieve the body, but Olson said it was clear to searchers in the helicopter that Arum was dead.

    "There was no doubt of that," she said, adding it appeared that Arum had fallen.

    The search began Monday after Arum failed to return from a solo weekend trip to scale the mountain, which is about 85 miles northeast of Seattle. Family members said the climb was part of Arum's goal of reaching the summit of the 100 highest peaks in the state.


    "His plan was to climb Storm King on Saturday, so it's probably a safe assumption that he fell that day," Olson said.

    Arum's larger backpack was found Wednesday on a trail on the mountain's less arduous south side, Olson said. The backpack was found at about 7,400-feet along a climbing route, and climbing gear was missing from the pack.

    Climbers often take only essential gear to lighten their load while attempting a summit.

    Arum's smaller pack was found higher on the mountain on Thursday, and Olson said his body was found about 300 feet below that spot in an extremely steep area with a lot of loose rock.

    About 20 people, some using trained search dogs, were out earlier Friday, along with four helicopters, two of them King County sheriff's aircraft with heat-seeking equipment. Counting coordinators and support workers, about 50 people were involved in the search, Olson said.

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