Thursday Evening Update on Missing Hiker
Contact: Denise Germann, 406 888-5838
WEST GLACIER, MT. - The search continues for missing alpine hiker Jacob "Jake" Rigby. Several crews endured rainy and cold conditions as they camped overnight in the search area. Snow was reported at approximately 6,400 feet and low cloud cover limited aerial operations until later in the day on Thursday. Ground crews, in addition to the crews that camped overnight, searched throughout the day.
A small piece of red plastic was found in the search area, but it is has not been determined if it is related to Rigby. It is unclear what the plastic is or where it may have come from. Investigators do believe that Rigby may have in his possession, or may be wearing, a green Flylow jacket.
The search area is located between the Ole Creek and Park Creek Drainages in the southern end of the park. Crews are searching in very steep and rugged landscapes.
The search effort will continue Friday. Flathead Valley Search and Rescue and Flathead National Forest are assisting with the effort.
Posters with Rigby's photo and key information have been posted in the park and other locations.
PLEASE NOTE- The park will continue to provide updated media releases only as new information becomes available.
Did You Know?
Grizzly bears in the park have a wide variety of food sources, including glacier lily bulbs, insects, and berries. They may also make an early season meal of mountain goats that were swept down in avalanches over the winter.