Mt. Rainier Gunman Dead

Tuesday, January 3, 2012 - 10:02am

Police believe they've found body of gunman who killed park ranger.

After an intense manhunt at Washington State's Mount Rainier, authorities believe they have found the body of a man suspected of killing a National Park Service ranger.

Investigators believe Benjamin Colton Barnes, an Iraq war veteran with a cache of high-powered weapons, fled to the mountain early Sunday after a party shooting near Seattle.

They say he ran a safety checkpoint before fatally shooting Park Ranger Margaret Anderson, the wife of a fellow ranger and mother of two young children.

Visitors were evacuated as some 200 local and federal officers scoured the unforgiving terrain until the body was discovered.

At the fire station where Anderson volunteered a flag flew at half staff in her honor.

Anderson's fellow rangers wore black bands around their badges.

"It really hurts when it's one of our own," said fellow ranger Kevin Bacher. "We've done this for others in the Park Service, but this time it's a friend."

Investigators are still working to confirm the identity of the body, but say they are fairly certain it is Barnes.

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