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Mountain climber from WI presumed dead in Argentina


MILWAUKEE (WKOW) -- A Wisconsin man is one of two presumed dead in Argentina.

The men, 22-year-old Jarod VonRueden of Clyman and 28-year-old Frank Keenan of Pennsylvania, were climbing Mount Aconcagua New Year's Eve.  The 23,000-foot peak is the highest in North and South America. 

Julie Feldman, the family spokeswoman and VonRueden's cousin, says the U.S. Air Force told the family VonRueden's rescue beacon had been activated, but weather was hampering their rescue efforts.

Feldman says the U.S. Embassy told them Sunday the climbers' presumed bodies had been spotted by helicopter in a deep crevasse, and it could take days to recover them.

She says Jarod lived life with spirit and adventure.

Keenan's hometown was not immediately available.

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