Search for Missing Hiker Continues
Contact: Denise Germann, 406-888-5838
Contact: Jennifer Lutman, 406-888-7895
WEST GLACIER, MT. -Crews continue to search for missing hiker Jakson Kreiser in Glacier National Park. An additional boot track matching the sole of Kreiser's boots was found Wednesday, but no additional clues were found. Ground search crews found various items, such as sunglasses and a water filter, but the items were ruled out as related to the search for Mr. Kreiser. The weather forecast for the search area includes showers, thunderstorms and winds for today, tonight and tomorrow. This may limit operations, specifically aerial operations.
The search for Kreiser, a seasonal employee with Glacier Park, Inc. at Lake McDonald Lodge, began Sunday, July 29. Kreiser was reported missing when he failed to return following a hike on Saturday, July 28.
The search area is focused in the area between Hidden Lake and Avalanche Lake, specifically in the Floral Park area. This area includes some treacherous country filled with rock cliffs, water falls, wet and slippery rocks and boulders, and dense vegetation.
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/gold sweatshirt and grey colored khaki pants, and carrying a grey and yellow backpack.
A park incident management team has been organized and is managing the incident. North Valley Search and Rescue, Flathead Search and Rescue, Flathead County Sheriff's Office and the US Border Patrol are assisting the National Park Service with search operations.
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.
Did You Know?
Lake McDonald is the largest lake in the park with a length of 10 miles and a depth of 472 feet. The glacier that carved the Lake McDonald valley is estimated to have been around 2,200 feet thick.