Gerald Duran

  • Found Deceased

About Gerald Duran's case

Since 1977, couple Gerald Duran and Jodi Zatchick were the only ones known to attempt hiking the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) during the winter in 1983. They started in the north, and traveled south towards Wrightwood, California to stock up on supplies.

The couple ended up getting lost, and traveled down the wrong canyon leading them into steeper terrain than what they had prepared for. As they descended down the canyon on an icy slope, the couple slipped, falling over one-hundred feet, and died.

On December 3, 1983, search and rescue located their bodies.

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Investigative Details

  • Foul Play Suspected: No
  • Suicide Suspected: No
  • Cause of Death: Accident - Fall

Significant Dates

  • Reported Missing: No Date Available
  • Date Found: Saturday, December 3, 1983 (41 years ago)

Administrative Details

Monday, January 8, 2024 (7 months ago)

Missing NPF Public Identification Number (MPID) 10306

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