Search Begins for Missing Hiker in Yosemite National Park
Yosemite National Park staff began the search today for Ssmyn (Ess-meen") Barrios. Barrios is described as 24 years old, a native Honduran, who is 5’7" tall. Mr. Barrios speaks Spanish and broken English. He was last seen wearing blue jeans, a blue t-shirt, and black shoes.
Anyone in the area ONLY of Sentinel Dome, Washburn Point, or Glacier Point after 2pm on 6/8/08 is asked to please call Yosemite National Park Investigations Unit at 209/372-0311 even if they did not see Mr. Barrios. Media calls should be directed to Public Information Officer Adrienne Freeman at 209/372-0480.
Did You Know?
In Wawona and downstream, the South Fork Merced River provides habitat for a rare plant, the Sierra sweet bay (Myrica hartwegii). This special status shrub is found in only five Sierra Nevada counties. In Yosemite, it occurs exclusively on sand bars and river banks along the South Fork Merced River downstream from Wawona and on Big Creek.