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Aug 5, 2012 3:49 PM by MTN News

Search for missing Glacier NP hiker scaled back

WEST GLACIER- Officials say they've found no more clues in the search for missing Glacier National Park hiker, Jakson Kreiser and limited search efforts will now continue until the probability of finding new information or clues leading to the location of Kreiser are exhausted.

Searchers investigated some additional boot tracks found on Friday in the Floral Park area and say the tracks led searchers into a hazardous "cliff band terrain," according to a news release.

Four teams searched ledges and waterfalls in the Floral Park and Avalanche Basin areas on Saturday, including a helicopter working in tandem with technical climbing teams, but no signs of Kreiser were found.

"The clues we've found have been investigated and our available resources depleted with aerial and ground crews covering an expansive and rugged area," said Incident Commander Scott Emmerich. "We remain hopeful that, in time, additional clues will come forward renewing an active search effort."

The search for Kreiser, a seasonal employee with Glacier Park, Inc. at Lake McDonald Lodge, began July 29 after he failed to return following a hike on Saturday, July 28. The search area has included the Hidden Lake, Logan Pass, Floral Park, and Avalanche Lake areas.

Anyone who may have information regarding Kreiser's whereabouts is encouraged to contact park dispatch at (406) 888.7800.

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