Updated:PACKWOOD, Wash. —
The Lewis County Sheriff's Office recovered the body of 68-year-old Saykham Tiansevilay Wednesday after his family members continued to search the area where numerous volunteer search and rescue teams had spent four days searching.
Tiansevilay's family called Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. to report they found Tiansevilay’s body near the top of a ridge above Williame Creek, which was within the initial search area.
The Sheriff’s Office said the area is very dense, forested, rugged, steep and has dangerous terrain. Police said it appeared Tiansevilay slid about 40 feet down a steep embankment.
It also appears he may have suffered from hypothermia.
"This is a very sad situation but a good reminder to the public how important it is to let your family know exactly where you are going, and when you will be back. Having proper supplies and a buddy with you when going into the wilderness can make the difference between life and death,” Sheriff Steve Mansfield said.
An autopsy is scheduled for Thursday.