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22-year-old concession worker still missing in Yellowstone

A search for 22-year-old Darien Latty, reported missing on Monday after last seen tubing down the Yellowstone River near Tower Junction, has come up empty so far, as National Park Service employees are in the midst of a third day of search.

Three young concession employees, including Latty, reportedly used inner tubes to float the Lamar River on Monday. Shortly after reaching the confluence of the Lamar and Yellowstone Rivers, two of the men got out of the water, but Latty did not. He was was last seen about 7:30 p.m. Monday being propelled downstream by the rushing water, without either an inner tube or life jacket.

Search efforts started on Tuesday, as a helicopter, three dog teams, and several small groups of people were employed on a search of the Yellowstone River corridor from Tower Junction downstream to Gardiner, Montana. Approximately 50 people had been dedicated to the search effort as of mid-afternoon Tuesday.

Efforts continued today, but there was no sign of Latty, according to Yellowstone National Park officials. Here’s the Facebook posting:

We’re now well into the third full day in our search for 22-year old Darien Latty.

While staff members on the ground and in the air continue to scour the Yellowstone River corridor from Tower Junction to Gardiner, we have yet to find the missing concession employee from Georgia.

We continue to hope to be able to offer good news – soon – to his family and friends.

Your continued interest and well wishes are appreciated by all involved.

Image from National Park Service files.

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