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09-02-2010, 06:10 AM

Son of boxing promoter Arum missing in Cascades

SEATTLE Nearly two dozen mountaineers and park rangers are searching for the son of Hall of Fame boxing promoter Bob Arum, who's been missing since a weekend camping trip in the Cascade Mountains of Washington state.

John Arum was expected to arrive home Sunday after climbing Storm King, a rugged mountain peak about a seven-hour drive from Seattle. Family members grew worried when the 49-year-old environmental lawyer and accomplished hiker did not return.

North Cascades National Park spokeswoman Kerry Olson said that John Arum was reported missing Monday, and is thought to be by himself in the area around the mountain. So far, two days of searching including aerial sweeps of the region have not brought up any clues.

"He's a very experienced climber and hiker, and familiar with the territory," Olson said, adding that Arum had already summited a peak near the one he went missing on.

John Arum has been on a quest to climb the 100 highest summits in Washington.

Family members told The Associated Press on Wednesday that rangers had found his campsite, but there were indications that John Arum had not been there since Saturday.

"We're keeping our fingers crossed," said Bob Arum's son-in-law, Todd duBoef. "The last I talked to Bob, they were sending a helicopter up, but the area where he's missing, there's so much timber that it's hard to see anything. We're just waiting to hear something."

Bob Arum learned Tuesday that his eldest son was missing while in Los Angeles, at the start of a three-city media tour to promote Manny Pacquiao's next fight against Antonio Margarito. He left for Seattle that afternoon and connected with park rangers orchestrating the search.

DuBoef took over the rest of the media tour, with stops in New York on Wednesday and Dallas on Thursday. The fight is scheduled for Nov. 13 at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

"We miss him for this press conference and we feel bad with what happened to his son, and I pray for him," Pacquiao said Wednesday. "It's pretty quiet without Bob."

DuBoef said park rangers had been searching on foot for John Arum but had found no trace of him other than his campsite. Arum faced at least one day of adverse weather, and fog and rain had hampered efforts to cover the terrain by air.

"The terrain in the North Cascades is difficult. These mountains are steep," Olson said. "He had experience, but certainly there's a risk involved with mountaineering."

Storm King, the area in the Cascades where John Arum went missing, rises more than 8,500 feet above sea level. There are several hiking trails around the mountain, including a well-known loose rock route on the south face, and it stands in the background of Lake Chelan.

Family members said that John Arum had 18 peaks remaining to reach his goal of climbing the 100 highest in Washington State. Storm King is ranked No. 51.

I know I haven't personally spoken too highly of Bob Arum, but this is a sad situation and I definitely pray for John's safe return home.

09-02-2010, 04:48 PM

I know I haven't personally spoken too highly of Bob Arum, but this is a sad situation and I definitely pray for John's safe return home.

Agreed. That's gotta be hell on the family.

09-02-2010, 05:32 PM
I guess he didn't leave his family or someone with his intended route he planned to take up the mountain? Of course, he might have had to change plans with the weather, etc... :unsure-1: Hope they find him safe and everyone else is safe while searching.

09-02-2010, 09:38 PM
My dad died in a mountain climbing accident in the North Cascades when I was 3. That's some pretty brutal climbing up there. I hope he is found alive and well. :huh:

09-02-2010, 10:02 PM
That's really sad, Chuck; how tough it must have been growing up without hiim.

I hope they find him too. The weather here has been very good lately which is in his favor (78 right now). I wonder why this hasn't been on the local news?

Maybe he didn't leave anyone with his itinerary but you're supposed to check in with the rangers and leave plans with them. Every time I watch an Evan Tanner fight I think that tragedy could have been avoided if only he had left his plans with someone and checked in from time to time. Being a rugged individual has its admirable qualities but it can also be extremely foolhardy, particularly when dealing with the forces of nature.

09-02-2010, 10:03 PM
Anyway, I'll pray for his safe return home too, JB.

09-02-2010, 10:20 PM
My dad died in a mountain climbing accident in the North Cascades when I was 3. That's some pretty brutal climbing up there. I hope he is found alive and well. :huh:

Damn brother...I'm very sorry to hear that. :sad:

09-03-2010, 05:54 AM
That's really sad, Chuck; how tough it must have been growing up without hiim.

Damn brother...I'm very sorry to hear that. :sad:

Oh it's all good. :wink:

I didn't post that to try and gather sympathy... I was just giving a little first hand commentary that the North Cascades has some pretty treacherous climbing.

Any recent news on this?

09-03-2010, 04:50 PM
I saw a headline that they had found his backpack. I'll see if I can track it down again.

09-03-2010, 04:56 PM
Here it is:Rescue workers in the Cascade Mountains have found the backpack of boxing promoter Bob Arum's son, but the 49-year-old experienced climber is still missing.

John Arum's backpack was found late Wednesday afternoon 900 feet below the summit of Storm King, an 8,515 foot peak about 85 miles northeast of Seattle. Climbing gear was missing from the backpack, according North Cascades National Parks spokeswoman Kerry Olson.

The backpack was recovered along a climbing route and it "looked as though it were placed there," Olson added.

Twelve searchers and two helicopters resumed looking for the lost climber Thursday morning. Arum, an environmental lawyer who was reported missing Monday,*was believed to be alone.

He was*on a quest to climb the 100 highest summits in Washington, and family members said he had only 18 peaks remaining to reach his goal.

09-03-2010, 05:52 PM
Oh, that doesn't sound good. :sad:

09-03-2010, 06:38 PM
ESPN says they found one backpack around 900 feet and one backpack up around 8000 feet. They believe the first backpack they found had fallen from somewhere but the other pack was intentionally left in the place it was found.

Definitely praying for everybody involved here.

09-03-2010, 07:22 PM
Oh wow this is horrible. Can't imaging how hard this must be on his family. With the GPS trackers people can wear these day I would be great if he had one.

09-04-2010, 01:53 PM
Sad news to report. They found his body.


Body of boxing promoter's son found

Bob Arum is a Hall of Fame boxing promoter.


Updated Sep 4, 2010 12:45 AM ET

A search helicopter spotted the body of the son of boxing promoter Bob Arum on a Washington state mountainside Friday afternoon, five days after searchers began looking for him in North Cascades National Park, authorities said.

The body belonging to John Arum, an experienced mountain climber, was seen at about the 7,700-foot level of the 8,500-foot Storm King mountain, park spokeswoman Kerry Olson said.

It wasn't possible Friday afternoon to either reach or retrieve the body, but Olson said it was clear to searchers in the helicopter that the 49-year-old Seattle environmental attorney was dead.

''There was no doubt of that,'' she said, adding it appeared that Arum had fallen.

The search began Monday after Arum failed to return from a solo weekend trip to climb the mountain, which family members said was part of his goal of reaching the summit of the 100 highest peaks in the state.

''His plan was to climb Storm King on Saturday, so it's probably a safe assumption that he fell that day,'' Olson said.

A small day pack belonging to Arum was found Thursday and Olson said his body was found about 300 feet below that spot in an extremely steep area with a lot of loose rock. Arum's larger backpack was found Wednesday on a trail on the less rugged south side, she said.

About 20 people, some using trained search dogs, were out Friday, along with four helicopters, two of them King County sheriff's aircraft with heat-seeking equipment. Counting coordinators and support workers, about 50 people were involved in the search, Olson said.

A National Park Service employee spotted the body from a helicopter, Olson said.

Park Service workers were trying to develop a plan to recover the body, which is in an area so difficult ''that people can't rappel down or climb up to it,'' she said.

Friday's weather was clear, with temperatures in the 80s. However, the National Weather Service has forecast that clouds will move in with a chance of rain Saturday.

Earlier this week, Bob Arum left Los Angeles to join park rangers coordinating the effort. He had been on a three-city tour promoting the Nov. 13 fight between Manny Pacquiao and Antonio Margarito at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. His stepson, Todd duBoef, took over the tour that also stopped in New York and Dallas.


AP Sports Writer Dave Skretta in New York contributed to this report.

09-04-2010, 02:50 PM
That's really sad. :cry:

09-04-2010, 04:57 PM
Yes, very sad, terrible to lose a child. God rest his soul.

09-04-2010, 06:22 PM
Ah man, that's tragic.

09-04-2010, 09:04 PM
That is very sad...:sad:

09-05-2010, 03:25 AM
Damn that stinks :cry: