The body believed to be that of a High Sierra climber who was reported missing last Thursday has been recovered, the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks announced Sunday.
Thomas Fennessy, 55, was last seen early Wednesday, according to the Park Service, when he left companions at Sam Mack Meadow in Inyo National Forest. His goal was to complete the Thunderbolt Peak to Mount Sill Traverse, which is the border between Inyo National Forest and Kings Canyon National Park. Thunderbolt Peak is 14,003 feet. Mount Sill has an elevation of 14,154 feet. There are three other 14,000-foot peaks along the way.
Fennessy was reported missing on Thursday, after he failed to return as planned.
Rescue personnel found the remains of a climber Saturday near the base of Thunderbolt Peak, on the Inyo National Forest side of the border with Kings Canyon National Park. Confirmation of his identity is pending, but the body is believed Fennessy's, the Park Service said.
The Inyo County Sheriff's Office and Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks have been conducting joint search operations since Thursday. California Highway Patrol aircraft from Victorville and Fresno regions also provided assistance. Due to the highly technical nature of the terrain, assistance was sought from the local climbing community as well, the Park Service said.