Search for Missing Girl Continues Crews Find Hiking Boot

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Date: August 5, 2016
Contact: Denise Germann, 307.739.3393

MOOSE, WY —Search efforts continued in Grand Teton National Park for 16-year old Fauna Jackson, a member of Groundwork USA working on a service project in the park. Jackson was reported missing at approximately 10 a.m. on Thursday, August 4.

Search crews found a hiking boot in the search area, and it has been confirmed the boot belongs to Jackson. It is not believed she was wearing the boot at the time she went missing. Investigators will continue to evaluate additional clues gathered during the search efforts, and information provided by the public via the incident phone number. Any and all scenarios are being considered and investigated.

More than 115 individuals participated in the search and investigation efforts today. After two days of extensive search activities and investigative work, Saturday's search activities will be focused on lands managed by the Bridger-Teton National Forest. This search area will include the Shadow Mountain area and terrain along the Toppings Lake Road. Areas of the park will continue to be included with the search activities. The search operations will include ground crews, aerial flights, mounted and ATV patrols, and assistance from Wyoming Civil Air Patrol.

As of Saturday, the incident will be jointly managed by Grand Teton National Park and Teton County Search and Rescue, an organization of Teton County Sheriff's Office. Teton County has primary search and rescue responsibilities for lands managed by the Bridger-Teton National Forest in Teton County.  

Jackson was last seen wearing a white hat, tan pants and long-sleeve green shirt that says "Find Your Park" and "Groundwork USA." She may have a purple backpack. Please contact Grand Teton National Park at 307-739-3517 with any information that may assist in the search of Jackson.  

Last updated: August 5, 2016

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