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Missing Visitor Found After Overnight Search

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Date: June 1, 2006
Contact: Nash, (307)344-2010
Contact: Vallie, (307)344-2012

A visitor reported missing Wednesday night in Yellowstone National Park was found safe and unhurt this morning.


The 20-year-old man from Washington State was visiting the park with family members. He walked away from his party about 9:00 p.m. at a trailhead near Fishing Bridge. He was last seen about 9:30 p.m. in the Fishing Bridge RV Park.


The man was barefoot. He was wearing shorts and a lightweight sweater and had a blanket. Because of heavy bear activity in the area and temperatures forecast to drop below freezing, a search was started immediately.


The missing man reappeared about 8:15 this morning at the trailhead near Fishing Bridge. He told rangers that, after leaving the Fishing Bridge RV Park, he walked down the Howard Eaton trail along the east bank of the Yellowstone River and spent the night among the bison grazing in the area. He was in good physical condition.


A total of thirteen people and two dog teams were involved in the overnight search. Ranger Michael Keator served as the Incident Commander. Rangers Collette Daigle-Berg and Bonnie Gafney led the dog teams.

Did You Know?

Fire in Yellowstone Pineland in 1988

The 1988 fires affected 793,880 acres or 36 percent of the park. Five fires burned into the park that year from adjacent public lands. The largest, the North Fork Fire, started from a discarded cigarette. It burned more than 410,000 acres.