Search on for hiker missing in Glacier National Park

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Search on for hiker missing in Glacier National Park

Postby Todd » Wed Aug 31, 2011 12:29 am

Search on for hiker missing in Glacier National Park

Associated Press | Posted: Tuesday, August 30, 2011 12:35 pm | No Comments Posted

WEST GLACIER - Officials in Glacier National Park say a search is under way for a 27-year-old seasonal park employee who did not return from a personal day hike in the southern part of the park.

Jacob Rigby was reported overdue at 2 a.m. Monday. His vehicle was found at the Fielding Trailhead along U.S. Highway 2, but air and ground searches on Monday turned up no sign of him.

Park spokeswoman Denise Germann says more than 50 people and a dog team continued to search on Tuesday for Rigby, who is a member of the exotic plant team working at the park.

Rigby is an avid and skilled hiker and familiar with the park. Officials say it is believed Rigby was hiking an extreme mountain traverse in the southern end of the park.

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Re: Search on for hiker missing in Glacier National Park

Postby Todd » Fri Sep 02, 2011 12:20 pm

Wednesday Evening Update on Missing Hiker

Date: September 1, 2011


WEST GLACIER, MT. - No substantial clues or evidence was discovered Wednesday to help locate missing alpine hiker Jacob "Jake" Rigby. Search crews continued with aerial and ground efforts as cooler weather, moisture and increased winds developed in the area by mid-afternoon.

Seventeen search crew members are staying overnight in the primary search area, and are prepared to spend another night in the backcountry. Other crew members returned to park headquarters and will be ready for Thursday morning assignments for additional search efforts.

A team of search crew members reached the trail register atop an unnamed mountain, locally known as "8888," located between the Ole Creek and Park Creek Drainages and between Brave Dog Mountain and Mount Despair. The mountain's elevation is 8,888 feet, thus the local name for the rugged and steep mountain. The tattered, faded and weather-beaten register revealed no signatures. Search managers believe that the lack of a signature is not considered clear evidence for Rigby's presence or absence from the area.

The search effort will continue Thursday. Flathead Valley Search and Rescue and Flathead National Forest are assisting with the effort.

Posters with Rigby's photo and key information have been posted in the park and other locations.

The park will continue to provide updated media releases as new information is available.
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Re: Search on for hiker missing in Glacier National Park

Postby Todd » Wed Sep 07, 2011 3:57 pm

Glacier National Park

Body Of Missing Seasonal Employee Found

Search personnel found the body of seasonal employee Jacob "Jake" Rigby last Friday afternoon. It was found on the mountain known as "8888" in the southern end of the park. The initial investigation indicates that Rigby may have fallen approximately 800 feet on the north side of the extremely steep mountain. Rigby's body was spotted by helicopter personnel during an aerial search of the high-probability area between Ole Creek and Park Creek drainages. The extensive search effort began on Monday, August 29th, after Rigby was reported overdue from a personal day hike in the park the previous day. More than 50 people helped with the search efforts. Personnel from Flathead Valley Search and Rescue and the Flathead National Forest assisted with the search. Rigby, 27, had worked for the exotic plant team at the park for the past three summers. He also worked at other National Park Service sites during the winter season.
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