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#39807 - 08/19/14 12:04 PM Recovered: Missing Hiker--Gregory Muck
SEKI News Offline


Registered: 10/25/10
Posts: 49
Loc: Three Rivers, CA
Have you seen this missing hiker--or were you traveling in Kings Canyon National Park near Roads End in Cedar Grove, Gardiner Basin, or Gardiner Pass from August 10-17?

For the flyer with more details, released today, please visit Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks' website at:

http://www.nps.gov/seki/parknews/newsreleases.htm

Thanks, in advance, for your help!


Edited by Steve C (08/20/14 10:52 PM)
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#39808 - 08/19/14 12:07 PM SEKI Hiker missing out of KC Roads End
Steve C Offline


Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 7590
Loc: Fresno, CA
As I was creating this post, SEKI News posted the above...

New from SEKI news releases
Aug 19, 2014: Missing Hiker in Kings Canyon National Park - Flyer (PDF)

Quote:
MISSING HIKER

Gregory Muck


HEIGHT: 6 ft. HAIR: Blond
WEIGHT: 160 to 170 lbs. EYES: Brown
AGE: 46-years-old RACE: White

INTENDED ITINERARY: Kings Canyon National Park--Traveling from Roads End in Cedar Grove to Gardiner Basin via Gardiner Pass. After several days, out Gardiner Creek to Woods Creek to Roads End in Cedar Grove.

IDENTIFYING FEATURES: Big beard, bright blue shirt, green wool pants, black boots, and blue bandana. Red internal frame pack and blue tarp or possible orange tent. Will have fishing gear.

HAVE YOU SEEN HIM OR HAVE BEEN IN THIS AREA FROM AUG. 10-17? Call Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks at 559-565-3118, OR 888-677-2746 with your name, contact info, and additional details.


Here's a map of the area centered on Mt Gardiner.

I have hiked down the Charlotte Lake drainage, and it is a major bushwhack. Looking at his planned itinerary, it looked like he was planning on using the route marked "Location Approximate" on the map. I don't think any trail of any sort even exists there. In addition, looking at the map contours, his planned descent route looks treacherous.

Nobody should go places like that alone without a SPOT. frown

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#39811 - 08/19/14 05:11 PM Re: SEKI Hiker missing out of KC Roads End [Re: Steve C]
SEKI News Offline


Registered: 10/25/10
Posts: 49
Loc: Three Rivers, CA
For an updated flyer with a current photograph, released today, please visit Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks' website at:

News Releases http://www.nps.gov/seki/parknews/newsreleases.htm


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#39813 - 08/19/14 06:04 PM Updated Flyer--Missing Hiker in Kings Canyon National Park
SEKI News Offline


Registered: 10/25/10
Posts: 49
Loc: Three Rivers, CA
Have you seen this missing hiker--or were you traveling in Kings Canyon National Park near Roads End in Cedar Grove, Gardiner Basin, or Gardiner Pass from August 10-17?

http://www.nps.gov/seki/parknews/upload/FINAL-Missing-Person-Flyer-MUCK-updated.pdf

Thanks, in advance, for your help!



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#39814 - 08/19/14 06:51 PM Re: SEKI Hiker missing out of KC Roads End [Re: SEKI News]
saltydog Offline


Registered: 02/03/11
Posts: 1559
Loc: Valley Ford CA!!!!
A little more info here:

Story
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#39819 - 08/19/14 09:30 PM Re: Missing Hiker--Gregory Muck [Re: SEKI News]
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Registered: 10/25/10
Posts: 49
Loc: Three Rivers, CA
Since the National Park Service web interface is down, we are unable to post a news release electronically at this time. However, here is some additional information about the search for missing hiker Gregory Muck.

Who is Searching?
On August 19, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks' staff, in cooperation with Yosemite National Park (Yosemite Search and Rescue and its canine team-YODOGs) and the California Highway Patrol, searched for missing hiker Gregory Muck in Kings Canyon National Park. The 46-year-old male from Santa Cruz, CA, was reported overdue from a backpacking trip. See photo and flyer.

More on Search Staffing:
* August 19, 2014: A total of 55 staff and partners searched by ground and helicopter, conducted interviews, and planned for the next day's operation.
* August 18, 2014: A total of 21 park staff searched by ground, conducted interviews, and planned for the next day's operation. In addition, parks' staff handled two other search-and-rescue incidents.

How was the park notified of the missing hiker?
On August 18, 2014, at approximately 8:00 a.m., Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks' Dispatch Office was notified of the missing hiker via a phone call from Muck's wife.


Edited by Steve C (08/19/14 10:41 PM)

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#39822 - 08/19/14 10:09 PM Re: Missing Hiker--Gregory Muck [Re: SEKI News]
Bee Offline


Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 1261
Loc: Northern California
Steve C will pick up the information that you posted on the WPSMB and place it here. Unfortunately, there is a glitch involved when some fonts are cut and pasted frown
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The body betrays and the weather conspires, hopefully, not on the same day.

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#39823 - 08/19/14 10:12 PM Re: Updated Flyer--Missing Hiker in Kings Canyon National Park [Re: SEKI News]
SEKI News Offline


Registered: 10/25/10
Posts: 49
Loc: Three Rivers, CA
Since the National Park Service web interface is down, we are unable to post a news release electronically at this time. However, here is some additional information about the search for missing hiker Gregory Muck.

Who is Searching?
On August 19, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks' staff, in cooperation with Yosemite National Park (Yosemite Search and Rescue and its canine team-YODOGs) and the California Highway Patrol, searched for missing hiker Gregory Muck in Kings Canyon National Park. The 46-year-old male from Santa Cruz, CA, was reported overdue from a backpacking trip. See photo and flyer.

More on Search Staffing:
* August 19, 2014: A total of 55 staff and partners searched by ground and helicopter, conducted interviews, and planned for the next day's operation.
* August 18, 2014: A total of 21 park staff searched by ground, conducted interviews, and planned for the next day's operation. In addition, parks' staff handled two other search-and-rescue incidents.

How was the park notified of the missing hiker?
On August 18, 2014, at approximately 8:00 a.m., Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks' Dispatch Office was notified of the missing hiker via a phone call from Muck's wife.

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#39826 - 08/20/14 03:22 AM Re: Missing Hiker--Gregory Muck [Re: Bee]
saltydog Offline


Registered: 02/03/11
Posts: 1559
Loc: Valley Ford CA!!!!
Info has also been relayed to JMT Facebook and Yahoo groups.
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#39836 - 08/20/14 03:55 PM Re: Missing Hiker--Gregory Muck [Re: saltydog]
Ken Offline


Registered: 10/29/09
Posts: 742
Loc: Los Angeles

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#39838 - 08/20/14 06:34 PM Re: Missing Hiker--Gregory Muck [Re: Ken]
Bulldog34 Offline


Registered: 11/12/09
Posts: 1254
Loc: Atlanta
Sad to hear this. SAR teams have definitely had their hands full this season in the Sierra - unfortunately with too many recoveries versus rescues. That has to be tough on these men and women, many of which are volunteers.

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#39839 - 08/20/14 06:37 PM Re: Updated Flyer--Missing Hiker in Kings Canyon National Park [Re: SEKI News]
SEKI News Offline


Registered: 10/25/10
Posts: 49
Loc: Three Rivers, CA
Body Found in Kings Canyon National Park

On the afternoon of Wednesday, August 20, searchers discovered a body at approximately 12,000 feet in elevation northwest of Mount Gardiner in Kings Canyon National Park. Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks and Yosemite National Park staff
are in the process of recovering the body. Based on this recent development, the search for missing hiker Gregory Muck has been temporarily suspended pending identification of the body.

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#39844 - 08/20/14 10:10 PM Recovered: Missing Hiker in Kings Canyon National Park [Re: SEKI News]
saltydog Offline


Registered: 02/03/11
Posts: 1559
Loc: Valley Ford CA!!!!
Originally Posted By: SEKI News
Body Found in Kings Canyon National Park

On the afternoon of Wednesday, August 20, searchers discovered a body at approximately 12,000 feet in elevation northwest of Mount Gardiner in Kings Canyon National Park. Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks and Yosemite National Park staff
are in the process of recovering the body. Based on this recent development, the search for missing hiker Gregory Muck has been temporarily suspended pending identification of the body.


SEKI SAR: Thank you so much for the work you do. We all rejoice with you in every rescue, and appreciate how much harder it is when its a recovery. Thanks.


Edited by Steve C (08/20/14 10:52 PM)
Edit Reason: subject changed
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#39846 - 08/20/14 11:15 PM Re: Updated Flyer--Missing Hiker in Kings Canyon National Park [Re: SEKI News]
SEKI News Offline


Registered: 10/25/10
Posts: 49
Loc: Three Rivers, CA
Thank you to everyone who helped us distribute information about this missing hiker... Here is information from a news release issued at approximately 10:30 p.m. on August 20.

Missing Hiker's Body Found in Kings Canyon National Park

A body found by searchers in the area northwest of Mount Gardiner in Kings Canyon National Park on the afternoon of Wednesday, August 20, 2014, has been identified as missing hiker Gregory Muck. Muck appears to have fallen in rocky and steep terrain. The cause of the accident is under investigation. The body was transferred to the Fresno County Coroner's Office. A ground search team located the body in their assigned search area.

General Info:
Muck, who was from Santa Cruz, California, was hiking alone in the wilderness of Kings Canyon National Park. On August 10, 2014, Muck departed from the Roads End area of
Kings Canyon National Park. He planned to hike to Gardiner Basin via Gardiner Pass. After several days in the basin, he planned to hike out Gardiner Creek to the Woods Creek Trail and return to Roads End in Cedar Grove by August 17, 2014. On August 18, 2014, at approximately 8:00 a.m., Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks' Dispatch Office was notified of the missing hiker via a phone call from Muck's wife.

Overall Search Staffing:
A total of 71 National Park Service staff and park partners worked on search-and-rescue and
recovery operations from August 18-20, 2014. Search efforts were led by Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, with assistance from Yosemite National Park's Search and Rescue teams, Yosemite's search dog team-YODOGs, and the California Highway Patrol.

Daily Search Staffing Totals:

August 20, 2014: A total of 61 staff and partners searched by ground and helicopter, conducted interviews, and completed recovery operations.

August 19, 2014: A total of 55 staff and partners searched by ground and helicopter, conducted interviews, and planned for the next day's operation.

August 18, 2014: A total of 21 parks' staff searched by ground, conducted interviews, and planned for the next day's operation. In addition, parks' staff handled two other search-and-rescue incidents.

Thank you again,

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks

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