Posted: Sep 1, 2010 9:13 PM by Alison Haynes
SEATTLE (AP) - Nearly two dozen mountaineers and park rangers
are searching for the son of Hall of Fame boxing promoter Bob Arum,
who's been missing since a weekend camping trip in the Cascade
Mountains of Washington state.
John Arum was expected to arrive home Sunday after climbing
Storm King, a rugged mountain peak about a seven-hour drive from
S. Htle. Family members grew worried when the 49-year-old
environmental lawyer and accomplished hiker did not return.
North Cascades National Park spokeswoman Kerry Olson said that
John Arum was reported missing Monday, and is thought to be by
himself in the area around the mountain. So far, two days of
searching - including aerial sweeps of the region - have not
brought up any clues.
"He's a very experienced climber and hiker, and familiar with
the territory," Olson said, adding that Arum had already summited
a peak near the one he went missing on.
John Arum has been on a quest to climb the 100 highest summits
Family members told The Associated Press on Wednesday that
rangers had found his campsite, but there were indications that
John Arum had not been there since Saturday.
"We're keeping our fingers crossed," said Bob Arum's
son-in-law, Todd duBoef. "The last I talked to Bob, they were
seRMS. HIGHS IN THE up, but the area where he's missing, there's
so much timber that it's hard to see anything. We're just waiting
to hear something."
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.
"We miss him for this press conference and we feel bad with
what happened to his son, and I pray for him," Pacquiao said
Wednesday. "It's pretty quiet without Bob."
DuBoef said park rangers had been searching on foot for John
Arum but had found no trace of him other than his campsite. Arum
faced at least one day of adverse weathLY and fog and rain had
hampered efforts to cover the terrain by air.
"The terrain in the North Cascades is difficult. These
mountains are steep," Olson said. "He had experience, but
certainly there's a risk involved with mountaineering."
Storm King, the area in the Cascades where John Arum went
missing, rises more than 8,500 feet above sea level. There are
several hiking trails around the mountain, including a well-known
loose rock route on the south face, and it stands in the background
of Lake Chelan.
Family members said that John Arum had 18 peaks remaining to
reach his goal of climbing the 100 highest in Washington State.
Storm King is ranked No. 51.