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Search for missing mountain biker transitions out of Olympic National Park
April 16, 2017
(OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK, WA.) -- Search operations for missing Jacob Gray, 22, of Bellevue, WA within Olympic National Park "have transitioned to a limited continuous search," according to a statement from the Park Service.
Jacob Gray, 22, of Bellevue, WA
MAP shows area where mising man's gear was found. CLICK TO ENLARGE
This means that rangers will continue to follow up on any clues that emerge, but are no longer "actively searching."
The young man left a family member's Port Townsend home on the evening of Wednesday, April 5th. Gray’s gear - his unattended bicycle and camping equipment - were reported to park authorities on the afternoon of Thursday, April 6th. They were found about 6.5 miles up the Sol Duc Hot Springs Road inside the park.
Park rangers then conducted a rapid search in that immediate area, including the bank of the Sol Duc River.
On Friday, April 7th rangers made contact with Gray’s family and widened their search to include the road corridor of the Sol Duc River Road.
Concentrating their search around the river, which has been running fast, cold, and high, rangers continued the search on April 8th, 9th and 10th.
On the afternoon of Tuesday, April 11th members of the Olympic Mountain Rescue joined the search and on April 12th extended the search area to the left side of the river outside the boundaries of Olympic National Park, increasing the search area to roughly four square miles.
On the afternoon of Thursday, April 13th a Search Dog team from Everett Mountain Rescue out of Snohomish County searched the left side of the river bank, again to no avail.
The focus of the search will now shift to US Forest Service land on the south side of the Sol Duc River, coordinated by the Clallam County Sheriff’s Department.
"I want to thank those involved in the search and express compassion for Jacob's loved ones during these very trying days," said Acting Olympic National Park Superintendent Lee Taylor.