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avatar Missing Hiker in Glacier National Park
July 31, 2012 11:54AM
Glacier National Park
Search In Progress For Missing Hiker

A search is underway for Jakson Jeffrey-Cole Kreiser, 19, who was last seen leaving Lake McDonald Lodge for a day hike early on Saturday morning. His route was to take him from Logan Pass through the Floral Park and Avalanche Basin areas to Avalanche Lake. Jakson is believed to be wearing a plain yellow/gold Columbia cotton sweatshirt, long khaki pants, Rocky brand hiking boots (size 12) and camouflage winter gloves. He’s likely carrying a grey/yellow daypack with a two liter water bladder, a large knife in a sheath, and possibly a hiking pole. Anyone who has seen him is asked to call the park at 406-888-7800, Option 6.
avatar Search Continues For Missing Concession Employe
August 01, 2012 11:08AM
Glacier National Park
Search Continues For Missing Concession Employee

The air and ground search for 19-year-old Jakson Kreiser, missing since he failed to return from a day hike last Saturday, continued yesterday. The park is using forward looking infrared technology (FLIR) technology in its efforts to find him. The cameras, provided by the Flathead County Sheriff’s Office, detect heat sources and are being used in early morning operations before rocks and vegetation warm up. Canine search teams from the US Border Patrol are also being utilized, as well as trackers from the North Valley Search and Rescue Team. The search is centered on the area between Hidden Lake and Avalanche Lake. Kreiser’s vehicle was located in the Logan Pass Visitor Center parking lot and it is believed that he was attempting a day hike from Logan Pass to Avalanche Lake. His intended route would include treacherous country filled with rock cliffs, waterfalls, wet and slippery rocks and boulders, and dense vegetation. The descent is more than 4,000 feet on steep slopes. Kreiser is a seasonal employee with Glacier Park, Inc. at Lake McDonald Lodge. A park incident management team has been organized and is managing the incident. Approximately 50 people are dedicated to the operation. Kreiser is from Michigan, and 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 that he is wearing a yellow sweatshirt and grey colored khaki pants is and carrying a grey and yellow backpack. Anyone who may have been in the Logan Pass, Hidden Lake, Floral Park or Avalanche Lake areas over the weekend and may have seen Kreiser is encouraged to contact park dispatch at 406-888-7800.
avatar Search For Missing Concession Employee Enters Sixth Day
August 03, 2012 01:31PM
Glacier National Park
Search For Missing Concession Employee Enters Sixth Day

Crews continued to search yesterday for missing hiker Jakson Kreiser. A boot track matching the sole of Kreiser’s boots was found Wednesday, but no additional clues were discovered. Ground search crews found various items, such as sunglasses and a water filter, but the items were ruled out as related to Kreiser. The search for Kreiser, a seasonal employee with Glacier Park, Inc. at Lake McDonald Lodge, began last Sunday after Kreiser failed to return from a Saturday day hike. The search is focused on the area between Hidden Lake and Avalanche Lake, specifically in the Floral Park area, which includes some treacherous country filled with rock cliffs, waterfalls, wet and slippery rocks and boulders, and dense vegetation. Anyone who may have been in the Logan Pass, Hidden Lake, Floral Park or Avalanche Lake areas over last weekend and may have seen Kreiser is encouraged to contact park dispatch at 406-888-7800.
avatar Search For Missing Concession Employee Scaled Back
August 06, 2012 11:21AM
Glacier National Park
Search For Missing Concession Employee Scaled Back

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.
avatar Search For Missing Hiker Continues In Limited Mode
August 08, 2012 05:23PM
Glacier National Park
Search For Missing Hiker Continues In Limited Mode

The search for missing concession employee Jakson Kreiser has entered a continuous but limited mode after eight days of rigorous aerial and ground searches. New clues will be investigated as they come forward. The National Park Service joins Kreiser’s family in thanking North Valley Search and Rescue, Flathead Search and Rescue, the Can Am Search and Rescue Team, the Flathead County Sheriff’s Office, the Lake County Sheriff’s Office, and the US Border Patrol for their assistance throughout the search. The family released the following statement on Monday:

“It is extremely difficult for us to imagine that we have lost our beautiful son, Jakson. We believe that he has found the world’s greatest resting place. Jakson absolutely fell in love with Glacier National Park, all that it has to offer, as well as all of the people he came to know.

“On the 28th of July we were informed that Jakson had not returned from a day hike he took on the 27th. The days since this have obviously been the most difficult of our lives. The outpouring of love and prayers from our families, friends and strangers has touched us deeply.

“Jakson and our family have been fortunate to have so many friends in Michigan. The love and support shown by all who attended his prayer vigil on August 2nd was overwhelming – we want to thank all that attended – we love you. We were also very grateful to get to know Jakson's new friends at Glacier National Park and we will cherish our time with them.

“Throughout this difficult ordeal we feel blessed to have been embraced by the Glacier National Park family, to whom we would like to express our sincere and heartfelt thanks. These men and women have been concerned, caring, courageous and amazingly compassionate in their search for our Jakson. We also want to thank all of the extended family here at Glacier National Park, including all of the assisting agencies and the folks at the Lake McDonald Lodge.

“While we have appreciated the concern for Jakson we want to thank you for respecting our privacy during these difficult days and ask that our privacy continues to be respected.”
avatar Remains Of Missing Concession Employee Found
September 16, 2012 01:42PM
Glacier National Park
Remains Of Missing Concession Employee Found

The remains of a 19-year-old concession employee, missing since late July, were found by hikers near Hidden Lake yesterday. An autopsy is to be performed to determine the cause of death. The search for Jakson Kreiser began on July 29th after he failed to return as scheduled from a hike he took the previous day. Park employees, with assistance from North Valley Search and Rescue, Flathead Search and Rescue, Can Am Search and Rescue, Flathead County Sheriff’s Office, Lake County Sheriff’s Office, and the US Border Patrol, conducted an extensive ground and aerial search for eight days before scaling back efforts. The search area was focused between Hidden Lake and Avalanche Lake, and in the Floral Park area. This area includes some treacherous country filled with rock cliffs, waterfalls, wet and slippery rocks and boulders, and dense vegetation. Kreiser was from Michigan and a seasonal employee with Glacier Park, Inc. at Lake McDonald Lodge. This was his first year working in the area.
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