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    Yosemite

    National Park California

Search Underway for Missing Person in Yosemite National Park

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Date: June 10, 2008

Garmendia-Barrios

Yosemite National Park staff continues to search today for Esmin Garmendia-Barrios. Garmendia is described as 22 years old, a native Honduran, who is 5’8" tall. Mr. Garmendia speaks Spanish and broken English. He was last seen wearing blue jeans, a blue t-shirt, and black shoes.

Approximately 100 searchers from Yosemite National Park and Mono, Tuolumne, Marin, Santa Clara, and Sierra Madre Counties, including dog teams and aerial spotters, are participating in the search.

Anyone in the area ONLY of Sentinel Dome, Washburn Point, or Glacier Point after 2pm on 6/8/08 or on the Illilouette, Panorama, or Pohono Trails is asked to please call Yosemite National Park at 209/372-0311 whether they saw Mr. Garmendia or not. Any information, even from those who did not see him, will help park staff focus the search area. Media calls should be directed to Public Information Officer Adrienne Freeman at 209/372-0480.

Did You Know?

Vernal and Nevada Falls

In Yosemite Valley, dropping over 594-foot Nevada Fall and then 317-foot Vernal Fall, the Merced River creates what is known as the “Giant Staircase.” Such exemplary stair-step river morphology is characterized by a large variability in river movement and flow, from quiet pools to the dramatic drops of the waterfalls themselves.