Searchers find body of Seattle philanthropist who went missing during snowshoe outing

Search and rescue officials near Seattle say they've found the body of a snowshoer who has been identified as a locally well-known philanthropic leader and software entrepreneur.

A statement from the King County Sheriff's Office says friends called authorities Thursday evening after 64-year-old Doug Walker didn't return to a trailhead near Granite Mountain, which is about 45 miles east of Seattle.

About 60 search and rescue members searched for Walker through the night. The sheriff's office says his body was found just before 10:30 Friday morning. Authorities say he was found in a debris field and may have been caught in an avalanche.

The Seattle Times ( ) reports that Walker served on the board of REI, was a founding member of the Seattle Parks Foundation and had also served on the Wilderness Society's governing council.