Sheriff: Body of hiker found in Washington state believed to be missing Microsoft employee

Kumar Rao. (King County Sheriff Office Photo)

King County Search and Rescue has located the body of a man believed to be missing hiker Kumar Rao, a Microsoft employee and amateur photographer.

Rao, 56, was last seen on Sunday near Keekwulee Falls on the Denny Creek trail, a hiking area near Snoqualmie Pass and about 50 miles east of Seattle. Rao was carrying a camera and tripod with him at the time. His family expected him to return by midday on Sunday.

The King County Sheriff’s Office, which confirmed early Tuesday morning that a body had been located, said that more information would be released Tuesday afternoon. The Sheriff’s Office also confirmed that Rao was a Microsoft employee. GeekWire has contacted Microsoft and will update this article when we hear back.

More than 60 search and rescue volunteers from King County began looking for Rao on Monday morning, but the search was called off after the body was found. The medical examiner’s office has not yet confirmed the identity of the body, but the Sheriff’s Office believes that it is Rao and has been in contact with his family.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.