WEST GLACIER – Search crews continue to comb Glacier National Park for a 19-year-old missing hiker who failed to return following a hike on Saturday.
By air and by foot, the search continued all Monday with the help of U.S. Border Patrol search dogs, said Denise Germann, the park’s public affairs officer. About 50 people were involved in the search, and some crews stayed in the backcountry Monday night.
The missing man, Jakson Jeffrey-Cole Kreiser, is a Michigan resident and a seasonal employee with Glacier Park Inc. at Lake McDonald Lodge.
Kreiser, who is 6 feet 2 inches tall with black, short, curly hair and a black beard, was expected to return from his outing late Saturday.
On Monday, park rangers found Kreiser’s vehicle in the Logan Pass Visitors Center parking lot. It is believed that he was planning a day hike from Logan Pass to Hidden Lake and Avalanche Lake, Germann said.
The area of Kreiser’s intended hike is a popular destination, but it is an area that has sheer cliffs, extreme dropoffs, and snow, all of which can make for treacherous terrain, Germann said.
Amongst all the worry and concern is one heartening fact: The weather has been warm, clear and dry since Kreiser’s disappearance, making search efforts easier.
Kreiser is believed to be wearing a yellow sweatshirt and khaki pants, and carrying a gray and yellow backpack.
Anyone with information about Kreiser’s whereabouts is asked to call (406) 888-7800.