Body of Deceased Hiker Found in Yellowstone National Park
Today, Yellowstone National Park search crews located the body of Jeff Murphy who was missing near the park's north entrance.
Mr. Murphy's death appears to have resulted from a fall on Turkey Pen Peak. He went for a day hike on the Rescue Creek Trail on June 7. Park staff began the search on June 8 when Mr. Murphy's wife reported that he had failed to return from the hike. At its peak, the search involved eight hiking teams, five dog teams, four horse teams, and a helicopter.
The Rescue Creek Trail, which had been closed during the search, is now open. However, visitors should expect temporary closures is the area until the investigation is complete.
Yellowstone Nation Park released a statement regarding the tragedy.
"All of us at Yellowstone extend our sympathy to the Murphy family for their tragic loss"
-Superintendent Dan Wenk