|Monday, Aug 6, 2012|
No new clues have been found in the search for missing hiker Jakson Kreiser. Limited search efforts will continue until the probability of finding new information or clues leading to the location of Kreiser are exhausted. Saturday’s search operations included investigation of additional boot tracks found the previous day in the Floral Park area. The track evidence led searchers to a hazardous cliff band. Four teams searched ledges and waterfalls in the Floral Park and Avalanche Basin areas, including a helicopter working in tandem with technical climbing teams, but no signs of Kreiser were found. The search for Kreiser, a seasonal employee with Glacier Park, Inc. at Lake McDonald Lodge, began Sunday, July 29th, after he failed to return following a Saturday hike. The search area has included the Hidden Lake, Logan Pass, Floral Park, and Avalanche Lake areas, which include treacherous terrain filled with rock cliffs, waterfalls, wet and slippery rocks and boulders, and dense vegetation. A park incident management team has managed the incident, with up to 50 people dedicated to the search over the last eight days. North Valley Search and Rescue, Flathead Search and Rescue, the Flathead County Sheriff’s Office and the US Border Patrol have assisted the National Park Service with search operations. Trackers, canine search teams, aerial observers, and ground searchers have been utilized during the search. Kreiser is from Michigan. This is his first year working in the area. He is 6 feet 2 inches tall with black, short and curly hair and a black beard. It is believed he is wearing a yellow/gold sweatshirt and grey colored khaki pants, and carrying a grey and yellow backpack. Anyone who may have information regarding Kreiser’s whereabouts is encouraged to contact park dispatch at 406-888-7800.