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Dec 17, 2009 5:26 PM by Associated Press

Search of missing Mt. Hood climbers suspended

The father of a climber missing and presumed dead on Mount Hood says he bears no grudge against the mountain for taking his daughter.

David Nolan said at a news conference Wednesday that he considers Mount Hood to be majestic and beautiful, and the family's religious faith has given them "a peace" about his daughter Katie. He said his daughter loved the mountain so much, "she would like to be buried up there."

Authorities have officially suspended the search for Nolan and Anthony Vietti. Searchers have been able to do little during a snow storm the past two days.

Clackamas County Sheriff Craig Roberts says efforts will turn to the recovery of the two bodies, when weather permits. Nolan, Vietti and Luke Gullberg started climbing Friday, but rescue workers suspect they had an accident.

Gullberg's body was found Saturday.

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