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Missing Galcier Park Hiker

Postby ~jeff~ » Fri Aug 22, 2008 3:44 pm

Search for hiker ongoing

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Aug 21, 2008
A search is under way in Glacier National Park for a hiker who is three days overdue from an arduous trek across the park, according to a press release from the park.
Yi-Jien Hwa, a 27-year-old resident of Kentucky and Malaysia, was last seen Aug. 11 at the St. Mary Visitor Center.

His car has been located at the Logan Pass parking lot and it is thought he was hiking alone on a trip that was planned to end Aug. 18 at Kintla Lake, according to the release.

Park spokeswoman Norma Sosa told The Associated Press that the search was halted Thursday afternoon because of bad weather but would continue this morning with the help of additional agencies.

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Postby ~jeff~ » Fri Aug 22, 2008 3:49 pm

Lets hope the every changing high country weather has this guy pinned down and he is capable of dealing with a few days of holding up without turning it into a life threatening situation....

I know the park pretty well and if you wanted to take the most likely route in the area to meet grizzly bears face to face...he picked it.....
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Postby Todd » Fri Aug 22, 2008 7:53 pm

Hope they find him..

3 days isn't much time to be off for a trip of that length.
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Postby Todd » Mon Aug 25, 2008 3:51 pm

Search Continues For Missing Hiker

Aug, 25

Monday marks day six of the search for a hiker who's missing in Glacier National Park,and 50 searchers are ready to set out just after daybreak to look for Yi-Jien Hwa.

He was last seen on August 11th, and planned to finish his back country hike through Glacier on August 18th. His car was found in the Logan Pass Visitors Center parking lot.

Two helicopters spent Sunday searching for Hwa in the air as hikers and mountaineers headed through valleys, ridges, cliffs, forests and even scale glaciers in the Floral Park area.

Search and rescue officials say that no new information regarding Hwa's whereabouts has emerged,and anyone with information about the disappearance is asked to call Glacier National Park at (406) 888-7801.
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Postby Todd » Tue Aug 26, 2008 3:54 pm

Search for hiker missing in Glacier Park will be scaled back on Tuesday

Posted on August 25

By MICHAEL JAMISON of the Missoulian

WEST GLACIER - Searchers continued to comb Glacier National Park
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Postby ~jeff~ » Thu Aug 28, 2008 3:04 am

[quote="Missoulian"]Those hiking permits enabled rangers to track down campers who should have shared overnight space with Hwa, but
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Postby Todd » Wed Sep 03, 2008 6:43 pm

Glacier scales back search for missing hiker
Posted on Sept. 2




WEST GLACIER - Glacier National Park officials said Tuesday that no clues about the whereabouts or condition of a hiker reported missing in the park
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Postby ~jeff~ » Wed Sep 03, 2008 9:32 pm

Sometimes it ends like this



11-year-old Glacier mystery finally solved

The remains of a Michigan man who disappeared in Glacier National Park in 1997 have been recovered, the park
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Postby Todd » Tue Sep 09, 2008 2:57 pm

Glacier National Park
Search For Missing Hiker Scaled Back

Due to a lack of clues regarding the whereabouts of hiker Yi-Jien Hwa, who
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Re: Missing Galcier Park Hiker

Postby Todd » Thu Aug 04, 2011 12:00 pm

Glacier National Park

Remains Likely Found Of Hiker Missing Since 2008

New evidence has been found that is believed to be related to a 2008 missing hiker incident. In August, 2008, rangers and many other individuals and organizations were involved in an extensive search effort for a missing hiker, Yi-Jien Hwa, a native of Malaysia. The search effort began on August 21, 2008 after the park received word from Hwa's family that he was three days overdue from a lengthy and arduous planned hike in the park's backcountry. After more than 2,500 hours of searching in difficult terrain and challenging conditions, the intensive effort was scaled back in early September of 2008. Since then, rangers have continued to respond to new leads and analyze new information related to the investigation, including a report of suspected evidence earlier this summer. On July 3rd, a hiker found portions of two items of clothing matching the description of clothing identified in the initial search efforts and was able to pinpoint the location of the items in steep cliffs off the Floral Park route, Hwa's intended route. Rangers have returned to the site a couple of times for further investigation, with assistance from members of the Flathead County Sheriff's Department and Search and Rescue Team. Numerous pieces of evidence have been found, several of which closely match the items identified in Hwa's equipment list. The evidence also includes some bone fragments that are being analyzed for DNA identification by the Montana Department of Justice's Crime Laboratory. Rangers believe the evidence was transported down slope from the cliffs above by water and snow avalanches. Deep snow and steep terrain are extending the recovery efforts, which will continue as weather conditions allow or definitive proof is found. Rangers are in contact with Hwa's wife and mother.
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Re: Missing Galcier Park Hiker

Postby Todd » Thu Aug 04, 2011 12:02 pm

Glad they seem to be putting this to rest....
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