Troopers: 2 climbers missing on Alaska peak presumed dead

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Authorities say two climbers missing on a mountain in southeast Alaska are presumed dead.

Alaska State Troopers say weather initially hampered the search last week for 34-year-old George "Ryan" Johnson of Juneau and 25-year-old Marc-Andre Leclerc of British Columbia.

Troopers say the weather cleared Tuesday and searchers were able to reach the area, where two climbing ropes matching the description of gear carried by the climbers were seen in a crevasse.

The climbers were reported missing after they failed to return from the Mendenhall Ice Field near Juneau March 7.

Troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters says immediate recovery efforts are not planned because of avalanche danger.

The National Guard helicopter Sunday searched the south face of the Mendenhall Towers but found no clues before weather forced a return.