June 8, 2009, Boulder, CO — A second body has been found on Mount Edgar (6818 meters/22,368 feet), China, and is believed to be Wade Johnson, 24, of Boulder, CO.
“This is a very sad day. Wade had a big life in front of him. His family and friends have been very strong during this difficult process of waiting and hoping. Our deepest sympathies go out to the Johnson family and all of the many people that had the opportunity to know and love Wade,” says Robb Shurr, spokesperson for the search effort.
Wade, originally from Arden Hills, MN, was the photographer and film maker on the expedition. The body of Jonny Copp, 35, of Boulder, CO was positively identified yesterday. The search continues for the third climber, Micah Dash, 32, also from Boulder, CO.
The first team of American climbers, Eric Decaria and Nick Martino, should arrive in base camp today to coordinate search efforts with the Chinese teams already in place. A second team of American climbers, Peter Takeda and Steven Su, have arrived in China and are also heading to basecamp.
“We’d like to again thank the Chinese teams of searchers for their amazing efforts. They are working in very difficult conditions and doing a great job,” says Shurr.
The Johnson family is preparing a statement for the media.
A blog with up-to-date information and a fund to help assist in search and rescue efforts have been set up at AdventureFilm.org.
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