Missing Hikers Located
Contact: Denise Germann, 406 888 5838
Searchers located missing hikers Neal Peckens and Jason Hiser this afternoon at approximately 3:30 p.m. (Mountain Standard Time) in Glacier National Park. The men are doing well with no injuries. They were flown out of the backcountry and met family members anxiously awaiting their return.
Peckens and Hiser were hiking on the east side of the park near Two Medicine and on Friday, October 12 they failed to make a flight back home to the east coast. An investigation and search was initiated Friday evening by the National Park Service.
The weather was quite challenging for the search operation. Search personnel encountered winter weather conditions and up to 18 inches of snow on trails, snow drifts, limited visibility and very windy conditions.
Organizations assisting Glacier National Park with the search include Flathead County Sheriff's Office, Flathead Country Search and Rescue, North Valley Search and Rescue, Flathead Emergency Aviation Resources, and US Border Patrol.
Additional information regarding the incident will be provided tomorrow, Tuesday, October 16.
Did You Know?
Glacier National park was named for the glaciers that carved, sculpted, and formed this landscape millions of years ago. Despite the recession of current glaciers, the park's name will not change when the glaciers are gone.