Ashford, WA – The body of a 54 year old New Rochelle, NY psychiatrist who was visiting the Washington area was was recovered today from an area of difficult terrain on the south side of Mount Rainier.
A search and rescue mission was called on Monday morning after Dr. Brian Shaul Grobois (gro-bwah) failed to return home from a day of snowshoeing this past Sunday. His body was spotted lying in the snow at an elevation of approximately 6,000 feet late Monday but a rescue operation was deemed unsafe due to the treacherous night time conditions. Grobois was pronounced dead on arrival at Madigan Army Medical Center located outside Tacoma after being airlifted from Mount Rainier on Tuesday morning. A park spokesperson estimated Grobois’ time of death at least twenty four hours earlier and his cause of death remains unknown.
The father of two was a member of the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services, the Mesorah Society for Traditional Judaism and Psychiatry and a professional affiliate of the American Association for Pastoral Counselors, who according to one of his colleagues, was able to use his own sensitivity as an Orthodox Jew to address both the psychological and religious needs of his patients.
Chesed Shel Emes of NY is assisting the family with all necessary arrangements & is in contact with the local law enforcement authorities as well as the Medical Examiners Office, to get the Body released as soon as possible, in order for it to be flown back for burial.