Missing Person Alert SEKI 9/30 (Dusy Basin)

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Missing Person Alert SEKI 9/30 (Dusy Basin)

Post by maverick » Sun Sep 30, 2018 1:21 pm

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Diane Salmon, 63, from Lafayette, California, was reported missing to the National Park Service late in the day on Friday, September 28, 2018. She was last seen on the Bishop Pass Trail on Friday morning on the Northside of the first lake in Dusy Basin below Knapsack Pass. She was hiking along trails along with two members of her family and was intending to cross Bishop Pass to exit at South Lake in Inyo National Forest Friday night.

The attached photos show Ms. Salmon in clothing she was wearing on the trip. She was also had a tan down-fill jacket with red / black stripe across the chest, back, and arms along with black ski pants. With her red Osprey backpack, she had a black REI sleeping bag.

“With the poor weather forecasted, especially for the high sierra, we have been systematically working through the area and will continue to do so until it is no longer safe for search and rescuers,” said Incident Commander Tom Parrack.

Dusy Basin is located in the Sequoia-Kings Canyon Wilderness at over 11,000 feet with high alpine lakes. The terrain of the area is littered with boulders, white pine trees, and other shrubbery.

If you have seen or not seen Ms. Salmon or have been in the Dusy Basin Area, please contact Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park at 559-565-3117.

There are currently 21 responders assigned to this incident with more being ordered today. Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks are being support with assistance from Inyo County Sherriff and Yosemite National Park Search and Rescue (YOSAR).
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Re: Missing Person Alert SEKI 9/30 (Dusy Basin)

Post by maverick » Sun Sep 30, 2018 6:10 pm

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The missing hiker, Diane Salmon, 63, from Lafayette, California, who was reported missing has been found. She was seen by other hikers on her way to the South Lake Trailhead in Inyo National Forest. Ms. Salmon walked out with them and is currently being reunited with her family.

Incident Commander Tom Parrack shared after it was confirmed that Ms. Salmon was found, “We are all happy for this conclusion to this search and rescue. Visitors should be reminded that many of these incidents result from groups separating from each other and it is safer to travel together.”

Park rangers want to remind the public that weather in the Sierra Nevada this time of year can change at a moment’s notice. As always, it’s best to be prepared for changes in the weather and unintended nights out.

In total, over fifty responders were assigned to this incident. Responders are currently working on a demobilization plan to bring ground searchers out of this area before the incoming storm arrives. Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks appreciate the assistance from Inyo County Sheriff and Yosemite National Park Search and Rescue (YOSAR).
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I don't give out specific route information, my belief is that it takes away from the whole adventure spirit of a trip, if you need every inch planned out, you'll have to get that from someone else.

Have a safer backcountry experience by using the HST ReConn Form 2.0, named after Larry Conn, a HST member: http://reconn.org

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