It seems like every decade or so, somebody disappears in Olympic National Park. This decade, it’s Bryan Lee Johnston, who vanished last month reportedly while hiking in the Ozette area of the park.
He was reported missing by his wife and stepchildren on August 28, 2013.
More than 50 park rangers and volunteer search teams from at least three counties have been looking for any clue as to Johnston’s whereabouts. They haven’t found anything but his truck, parked at the Ozette trailhead. Inside, rangers found receipts from several Port Angeles businesses dated August 22, 2013, the day he left his Seattle home.
The 71-year-old had planned a two- or three-day hike on the Ozette Loop Trail. That’s about a 9-mile loop that follows a mainly plank trail for 3 miles northwest to the Pacific Ocean, then turns south along the beach for 3 miles, then follows a second plank trail inland for another 3 miles to the trailhead.
It is virtually impossible to lose the plank trails, but the portion of the hike along the beach could be rough, especially if tides are high and one must climb around a couple of steep headlands.
Those areas have been extensively searched, according to Barb Maynes, park spokeswoman. Rangers also have searched far south of Sand Point, where the trail turns inland.
They continue to investigate by talking to people who may have seen him and distributing fliers with his description: white hair worn in a ponytail, blue eyes and standing 5 feet, 10 inches tall.
Jinny Longfellow, Johnston’s older sister, has said she strongly believes he’s still alive and is awaiting his knock at the door of her Port Angeles home. “I pray every night that he will come,” the 86-year-old woman said last week, “and I’ll take a walk with him, any place he wants to go.” But as of Thursday, nobody had seen Johnston for 21 days.
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71 years old
Sexual Orientation: HETEROSEXUAL
Classification: DAY/NIGHT HIKER
Foul Play Suspected: Unknown / Undisclosed
Suspected Suicide: Unknown / Undisclosed
Cause of Death: Unknown / Unreported / Missing
Reported missing on August 28, 2013 - 3226 days, 18 hours, 53 minutes ago
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