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Team reaches body of NJ priest who died on Mount Hood

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HOOD RIVER, Ore. (AP) -- Climbers have reached the body of a New Jersey man who fell to his death on Oregon's Mount Hood.

Authorities say 57-year-old Robert Cormier, a Catholic priest from Jersey City, reached the summit of the 11,240-foot peak east of Portland on May 13. Then he was seen falling through a ledge of ice and tumbling about 1,000 feet.

The recovery climb was delayed until temperatures on the mountain fell, reducing the risk of loose rocks or an avalanche.

The Hood River County sheriff's department said two teams of climbers set out about 1 a.m. Wednesday on an operation considered "very dangerous," but safer this week than last.

The Oregonian reports that sheriff's Sgt. Pete Hughes says the recovery climbers have run into a number of problems. They found that the body had fallen about 50 feet down a crevasse. Hughes says there have also been issues with ropes and falling rocks.

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