Search called off for missing hiker near McCarthy
Search efforts have ended for an Oregon man missing near McCarthy, inside the Wrangell-St.Elias National Park and Preserve.
Efforts to find Nick Larsen, who was last seen Aug. 7, in McCarthy, had ended as of Tuesday according to a statement from park officials. Larsen had been planning to hike in the backcountry nearby.
“After searching expansive areas of dense boreal forest, large glacial river valleys and mountainous terrain, the National Park Service is ending active search efforts,” park officials wrote. “The investigation is ongoing. National Park Service personnel will continue to gather and follow up on any information received.”
The search for Larsen included two days of aerial patrols, according to park spokeswoman Jamie Hart, as well as a day of ground searchers checking trails in the area where Larsen was believed most likely to be.
“It’s actually a pretty large area: the Kennicott River valley, McCarthy Creek valley, the Zena River valley, and areas surrounding McCarthy,” Hart said.
No sign of Larsen was found during the search, Hart said, and there wasn’t any word that he had been carrying any kind of beacon or communications gear. Staff at the park shared images of gear he had recently purchased from outfitting company REI in a Facebook post.
“He is thought to be wearing a dark green, long-sleeved shirt, black pants or shorts pictured above, camping in a tan REI brand 2-person tent, and may be carrying a light blue REI brand Flash day pack or 30-40L Osprey brand backpack,” park officials wrote.
Anyone who has information on Larsen’s whereabouts or sees any of his gear is asked to call the Park Service at 1-800-478-2724.