Search Continues for Missing Hikers in Zion National Park
Contact: Ray O'Neal, 435-772-7823
Contact: David Eaker, 435-772-7811
Zion National Park is currently conducting a search for two missing hikers. Evgenia Bruzulukova, 25 from Roy, Utah and Jonathon Wilson, 28 from Portland, Oregon, had a backcountry permit for a one day trip through Russell Gulch and the Left Fork of North Creek (The Subway) on Saturday, April 16. This area is located near the Kolob Terrace Road in the park approximately 15 miles north of Virgin, Utah.
Bruzulukova and Wilson were last seen by park visitors on Saturday morning, April 16, at the head of Russell Gulch. Park rangers began search efforts on Sunday, April 17 after the couple’s vehicle was discovered at the Left Fork of North Creek Trailhead. The trip that they had planned involves several 100 foot rappels and swims through the Left Fork of North Creek. Streams in the area are currently running very high and cold due to runoff from snowmelt.
Currently there are 25 park rangers, park employees and volunteers involved in the search effort with support assistance including a helicopter, dog teams and multiple ground search teams.