According to Peninsula Daily News, OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK — A search continued Saturday for a backpacker reported overdue in Olympic National Park. Jerren Fisher , 26, was reported overdue to park dispatchers on Thursday, according to a park press release. A hasty search — meaning a quick walk along the trail — was conducted immediately and coordination with rescue crews began, according to Penny Wagner, park spokesperson. Fisher is 5-feet-11-inches tall and weighs 200 pounds. He has light brown hair in a ponytail and a thick red beard. He is known to hike in tie-dye T-shirts and bright colors.
His last known location is the Graves Creek Trailhead in the Quinault Rain Forest. Park rangers found his vehicle at the Graves Creek Trailhead, the release said. Fisher had a wilderness permit for Sept. 8-12 and was planning to camp at Enchanted Valley, Marmot Lake, Camp Pleasant, and Sundown Lake. On Thursday, search and rescue personnel hiked into the wilderness from the Graves Creek Trailhead toward Sundown Lake following Fisher’s itinerary in reverse, as well as from the North Fork Skokomish Trail, Wagner said. National Park Service personnel who were already in the wilderness assisted with the search between Marmot Lake and Camp Pleasant. Olympic Mountain Rescue also joined the search efforts on Thursday and worked in the area of Six Ridge and the Seven Stream drainage area.
The search continued Friday despite efforts being hampered by the cold, rainy and windy weather, Wagner said. A storm system continued to move through the Olympic Peninsula this weekend and created unfavorable conditions for the use of aviation search resources. Search teams covered the area from Sundown Lake to South Fork Skokomish Trail via Sundown Pass, Sundown Lake to the North Fork Skokomish Trail via Six Ridge Pass, and the North Fork Skokomish Trail from Staircase to Six Ridge. On Saturday, searchers combed the Wynoochee Pass Trail and the switchbacks in the Seven Stream area. Wagner said.
Teams in the field are made up of Olympic Mountain Rescue and Tacoma Mountain Rescue volunteers with assistance from National Park Service personnel, Washington State Search and Rescue Planning Unit, and North Cascades National Park. Interviews are being conducted with backpackers who had wilderness permits in the areas on Fisher’s itinerary.
People who were in the area of Enchanted Valley, North Fork Skokomish Trail or Six Ridge between Sept. 8-16, or who have any information regarding Fisher are asked to call or text the tip line at 888-653-0009. Tips also can be submitted online at www.nps.gov/ISB or by email at [email protected]
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