Mount Rainier National Park to reopen Saturday

January 4, 2012 - 9:30 AM
CORRECTION Mount Rainier Shooting

CORRECTS CITY TO ASHFORD NOT ELBE - Flags fly at half-staff in honor of Mount Rainer National Park Ranger Margaret Anderson at a fire station Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012, in Ashford, Wash. The park remained closed while the investigation continued a day after searchers found the body of the gunman suspected of shooting and killing Anderson on Sunday. Benjamin Colton Barnes was lying partially submerged in a frigid mountain creek with snow banks standing several feet high on each side. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

SEATTLE (AP) — Mount Rainier National Park in Washington will reopen to the public on Saturday, and all services with the exception of snow play will be available this weekend.

The park has been closed since ranger Margaret Anderson was shot to death on New Year's Day trying to stop a car that failed to pull over at a checkpoint requiring drivers to put chains on their vehicles.

A memorial service is being planned for the 34-year-old mother of two who was married to another park ranger.

Authorities say she was killed by Benjamin Colton Barnes, a 24-year-old Iraq war veteran. Investigators found his body face down in a snowy creek Monday with a handgun and rifle nearby. An autopsy Tuesday showed he had hypothermia and drowned.