Twin Lakes hiker died from falls, dehydration, exposure

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDAugust 13, 2013 

GLACIER - A hiker missing near Twin Lakes died from dehydration, exposure and multiple falls, an autopsy revealed Tuesday, Aug. 13.

Brian Proctor, 51, and a friend hiked through the snow-laden backcountry to the Lone Jack Mine last week. They'd packed enough for a Sunday day hike: a lunch, light clothes and little else. On the way out, near the 5,000-foot level, they decided to split up.

Proctor's friend made it back to the car. Proctor did not.

After days of searching, rescue teams found his body under a snow patch near the mine. He had blunt-force injuries from falling several times, and suffered dehydration and exposure, said Whatcom County Medical Examiner Gary Goldfogel. Toxicology tests are pending.

The death has been ruled an accident.

The Lone Jack Mine sits about a mile southeast of Twin Lakes.

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