Cian McLaughlin

McLaughlin

Grand Teton National Park rangers conducted an intensive search of the Garnet Canyon area on Thursday, but found no clues of a 27-year-old Jackson man who has been missing for nine days.

A tip came Wednesday from a climbing guide who saw Cian McLaughlin, the missing person, hiking above the Surprise Lake junction heading into Garnet Canyon at 3:45 p.m. on June 8 — the day he was last seen. The 60-plus park staffers conducting the ground search pivoted, focusing heavily on the Garnet area Thursday, but they came up empty-handed.

“They will continue searching that area, but we’re going to be searching in other areas, too,” Teton park spokesman C.J. Adams told the Jackson Hole Daily.

In addition to the National Park Service staffers searching, there are five search-and-rescue dog teams and additional members of Teton County Search and Rescue engaged in the operation.

McLaughlin wasn’t reported missing until four days after he disappeared.

He wears his hair at about shoulder-length, and was seen on the trail wearing round glasses, a white shirt and shorts. He reportedly wasn’t carrying a backpack, but was clutching a water bottle.

Park rangers continue to ask anyone who might have encountered McLaughlin to call in to a tip line and share any information regarding his whereabouts. The tip line can be called or texted at 888-653-0009; tips can also be emailed to nps_isb@nps.gov or submitted online by going to NPS.gov/ISB and then clicking “Submit a Tip.”

Contact Mike Koshmrl at 732-7067 or env@jhnewsandguide.com.

Mike has reported on the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem's wildlife, wildlands and the agencies that manage them since 2012. A native Minnesotan, he arrived in the West to study environmental journalism at the University of Colorado.

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