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Missing Man Located in Shenandoah National Park

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Date: November 2, 2007

Christopher David Beach, a 40 year old Fredericksburg area man who has been missing since Sunday, was located today around 11:00 a.m. inside a culvert under Route 211 approximately 1 mile west of Skyline Drive in the Shenandoah National Park.  He was responsive and talking to rescuers and was transferred to Winchester Medical Center where he is in stable condition.

The search for Mr. Beach began after 6:00 pm on Sunday, October 28, when the park received a report from Beach’s fiancé saying that he was despondent and had walked off into the woods near Panorama

Throughout the five day search period approximately 100 employees and volunteers, including ground searchers and dog teams, were involved in the search. National Park Service personnel were assisted by Appalachian Search and Rescue, Piedmont Search and Rescue, Shenandoah Mountain Rescue Group, the Page and Spotsylvania County Sheriffs’ Departments, Virginia State Police, Dogs East Search and Rescue, Blue and Grey Search and Rescue Dogs, Virginia Search and Rescue Dogs Association (VSRDA), Public Safety Dogs Inc., and Mid-Atlantic Dogs. Shenandoah National Park wishes to thank these cooperating search teams for their response and continued efforts.

Did You Know?

Herbert and Lou Henry Hoover sitting on the porch of the Brown House at Rapidan Camp in Shenandoah National Park.

In 1928, wanting to escape the heat and humidity of summers in Washington, D.C., Herbert and Lou Henry Hoover began looking for a "summer place" within a day's drive of the city. The Hoovers acquired land within the proposed Shenandoah National Park and built Rapidan Camp, their summer White House.