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Contact: Public Affairs Office, 307.739.3393
National Park Service rangers and Teton County Sherriff's Office personnel conducted a manhunt for three individuals Thursday morning, August 21, 2014. Jackson Lake Lodge security officers reported to park officials that three young men were actively breaking and entering into an employee dorm room at the Lodge around 9:00 a.m. Upon attempting to make contact with the three men, they fled on foot into a nearby forested area. Security officers also reported that one of the three men matched a description of Aleksandr Sagiev, the subject of an ongoing search in Grand Teton National Park.
All three subjects were located at approximately 12:00 p.m. and contacted by park rangers. The young men subsequently received mandatory citations to appear in federal magistrate court for trespassing charges. The three were not associated with Sagiev, as first thought. The two incidents were not related.
Grand Teton rangers and the Teton County Sherriff's Office set up containment around the Jackson Lake Lodge property. Roadside checkpoints were also set up around the park, and drivers were instructed not to pick up hitchhikers. At no time during this incident were visitors to Grand Teton National Park in any danger.
A tip received by park staff on Thursday afternoon around 1:00 p.m.indicated that Sagiev began a hike from the Taggart Lake trailhead at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, August 18. Efforts to locate Sagiev throughout much of Thursday were unsuccessful, and the search continues.
Park and County officials ask anyone who may have any information on Sagiev's whereabouts to contact Teton Interagency Dispatch Center at 307.739.3301.