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Search Underway for Missing Backpacker Hunter Fraser

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News Release Date: June 9, 2023

Contact: Public Affairs Office, 360-565-3005

A search is currently underway for a backpacker reported missing on June 7 in Olympic National Park. Hunter B. Fraser is a 44-year-old male from California and is 6’3” tall, trim build, with short dark brown hair. He has scruffy facial hair and smaller scars on his head and chin. He has a grey t-shirt and a grey backpack (not the red one in picture). He also has a light turquoise 1-person Mountain Hardware “Solitude” tent.  

He left his vehicle at the Deer Ridge Trailhead (#836), also known as Slab Camp, on Monday, June 5 with the intent of hike a 40-mile trek with two overnights, although the exact route is unknown. His family last had contact with him via text in the morning of June 6th. He was supposed to return to the Seattle area by midday on Wednesday, June 7th.  

If you were in the area of Slab Camp, Deer Park, Gray Wolf Trail, Cameron Creek Trail, or Grand Valley on June 5 to June 8, please contact the NPS Investigative Services Branch Tip Line at 888-653-0009. 

Olympic National Park dispatched several search teams on June 9th including Olympic National Park Search and Rescue, Olympic Mountain Rescue, Kitsap Explorer Search and Rescue, Jefferson Search and Rescue, Pierce County Search and Rescue, and dog teams from Kitsap, Pierce, and Mason Counties. 

While the region has been experiencing a stretch of very nice weather, the high country of Olympic National Park is still very much covered in snow. Visitors to the mountains should be prepared for snow covered trails and navigating avalanche terrain. The proper equipment is necessary. Visitors that plan to stay overnight in the backcountry of Olympic National Park are required to have a Wilderness Permit. These permits help rangers know the general itinerary of an individual and includes an emergency contact.  

CALL or TEXT the ISB Tip Line 888-653-0009  

ONLINE form > Submit a Tip  

EMAIL e-mail us  

EMERGENCY dial 9-1-1 

Last updated: June 9, 2023

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