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Fisherman Missing In Glacier National Park: Search Underway

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Date: September 23, 2010
Contact: Amy Vanderbilt, 406 888-5838
Contact: Wade Muehlhof, 406 888-7895

WEST GLACIER, MONT. – A 30-year-old man from Hungry Horse, MT is missing after an afternoon fishing trip to the Upper McDonald Creek area at the north end of Lake McDonald in Glacier National Park.

A friend reports that Michael William Sloan asked him to go fishing around 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, September 21, 2010. The friend was not able to go. Sloan did not show up for a schedule work shift later that afternoon, and was reported missing to Glacier Dispatch shortly before 6 p.m. Glacier rangers located Sloan's vehicle by the bridge over Upper McDonald Creek about 6:20 p.m.   

Tuesday evening and into the night, Rangers searched both banks of Upper McDonald Creek by ground, the shoreline of the north end of Lake McDonald, and the confluence of the lake and creek by boat, but did not locate Sloan.

The Upper McDonald Creek area is known to have strong down currents and extremely cold water temperatures. 

The National Park Service resumed the search Wednesday morning with the assistance of Flathead County Search and Rescue, North Valley Search and Rescue, Flathead County Dive Team, and a contracted helicopter from Minuteman Aviation.

Searchers are using rescue dogs along the shoreline. Sonar and dive teams will be used to search the water. A helicopter will be used to search by air. 

Additional information will be released as it becomes available.

 

- NPS -

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