Search Effort Scaling Down for Missing Hiker
Contact: Denise Germann, 406-888-5838
Contact: Jennifer Lutman, 406-888-7895
WEST GLACIER, MT. - No new clues have been found in the search for missing hiker, Jakson Kreiser. Limited search efforts will continue until the probability of finding new information or clues leading to the location of Kreiser are exhausted.
Yesterday's search operations included investigation of additional boot tracks found Friday, August 3 in the Floral Park area. The track evidence led searchers into a hazardous cliff band terrain. Four teams searched ledges and waterfalls in the Floral Park and Avalanche Basin areas, including a helicopter working in tandem with technical climbing teams. No signs of Kreiser were found.
"The clues we've found have been investigated and our available resources depleted with aerial and ground crews covering an expansive and rugged area," said Incident Commander Scott Emmerich. "We remain hopeful that, in time, additional clues will come forward renewing an active search effort."
The search for Kreiser, a seasonal employee with Glacier Park, Inc. at Lake McDonald Lodge, began Sunday, July 29 after he failed to return following a hike on Saturday, July 28. The search area has included the Hidden Lake, Logan Pass, Floral Park, and Avalanche Lake areas. This area includes some treacherous terrain filled with rock cliffs, water falls, wet and slippery rocks and boulders, and dense vegetation.
A park incident management team has managed the incident with up to 50 people dedicated to the search over the last eight days. North Valley Search and Rescue, Flathead Search and Rescue, Flathead County Sheriff's Office and the US Border Patrol have assisted the National Park Service with search operations. Human tracker expertise, canine search teams, aerial observations, and ground search efforts have been utilized during the search.
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 picture and description of Kreiser has been posted on trailhead signs in the search vicinity. Anyone that may have information regarding Kreiser's whereabouts 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.