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Search Effort Underway for Missing Hiker

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Date: July 30, 2012
Contact: Denise Germann, 406-888-5838
Contact: Jennifer Lutman, 406-888-7895

WEST GLACIER, MT. - A search operation is underway in Glacier National Park for a 19-year male hiker that failed to return following a day hike on Saturday, July 28.

Late Saturday night dispatch received a call informing them that Jakson Kreiser, a seasonal employee with Glacier Park, Inc. at Lake McDonald Lodge, was overdue from a personal day hike in the park.   

Park rangers investigated the situation and found Kreiser's vehicle at the Logan Pass Visitor Center Parking Lot. It is believed that Kreiser was planning a day hike from Logan Pass to the Avalanche Lake area. Ground and aerial search efforts were conducted Sunday and continue today. The Flathead County Sheriff's Department Mountain Rescue Team and the US Border Patrol are assisting in the efforts.  

A park incident management team has been organized and is managing the incident. Approximately 50 people are dedicated to the incident.   

Kreiser is from Michigan. This is his first year working in the area. He is 6 feet 2 inches tall with black, short and curly hair, and a black beard. It is believed he is wearing a yellow sweatshirt and khaki pants, and carrying a grey and yellow backpack.  

Anyone that may have been in the Logan Pass, Hidden Lake, Floral Park or Avalanche Lake areas over the weekend and may have seen Kreiser, is encouraged to contact park dispatch at 406-888-7800.   

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Did You Know?

Trees and mountains

In 1974, 93% of Glacier National Park was recommended as Wilderness. To this day, over 93% of Glacier’s backcountry is managed as Wilderness.