Posted: Jul 31, 2012 8:16 AM by MTN News
Updated: Jul 31, 2012 8:16 AM
WEST GLACIER - Helicopters, search and rescue dogs and over 50 people are combing Glacier National Park in an effort to find a park employee who is missing.
Jakson Kreiser, 19, did not return home after a scheduled day hike between Logan Pass and Avalanche Lake and a massive search and rescue effort is trying to locate the park employee from Michigan who works at Lake McDonald Lodge.
Kreiser was actually reported missing on Saturday after friends say he didn't return from a day hike planned between Logan Pass and Avalanche Lake. Search and rescue efforts began immediately and on Monday, it included helicopters and dogs loaned by the U.S. Border Patrol.
"We're throwing everything we got at it, for the next 48 hours, 72 hours, whatever it takes. To see if we can't find this person," Glacier Search and Rescue Operations Chief Kyle Johnson explained."
Johnson spent part on Monday in a helicopter and says they are going to use the sun to their advantage.
"It'll be almost nonstop either logistical flights, support flights, or reconnaissance flights. Almost all day, every time the sun angle changes, we're going to get up and take a look at it again, at some of the areas, where we think he might be."
Kreiser was last seen wearing a gold Columbia shirt, long khaki pants, hiking boots, and a grey and yellow daypack. Park officials are hoping maybe someone saw him, and can offer a better clue to the area.
They do believe Kreiser to have been hiking in the same area as a tourist who most likely fell to his death several years ago.
"Very remote rugged terrain, it's got, it includes Sperry Glacier, lots of water, lots of melt ponds, cliffs, slippery rocks, lots of exposure, hundreds, if not thousands of feet of cliff face, that someone could get hung up on, or fall over or something like that," Johnson told us.
Some search crews stayed in the backcountry overnight and search efforts got back underway early Tuesday. About 50 people are helping with the incident including the Flathead County High Mountain Rescue Team and the U.S. Border Patrol.