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Search for Missing Concessionaire Employee Scaled Back

The search for missing concessionaire employee Feiyang “Isaac” Xiang in Yellowstone National Park has been scaled back.

After Xiang went missing while swimming in the Yellowstone River July 23, a search party intensively scoured the waterway for signs of Xiang. After nine days, on August 1, the search was dialed back.

Park officials and search party members are still combing the Yellowstone River for signs of Xiang. All daily backcountry patrols as well as routine research/wildlife monitoring flights over the northern half of Yellowstone National Park have been asked to keep their eyes out for the young man. In addition, flyers detailing Xiang’s appearance have been posted on trailheads and backcountry access points. Neighboring raft companies and fishing guides have been informed of Xiang’s disappearance.

Almost 100 people have been involved in searching for Xiang, including helicopter, dog, and ground teams.

Xiang was backpacking with friends when he disappeared nearly two weeks ago. He was accidentally swept down the Yellowstone River, near the confluence with Hellroaring Creek. After several unsuccessful attempts to retrieve Xiang from the current, his friends were able to contact rangers via a cellphone call to 911.

Xiang is described as five feet six inches, weighing 140 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.

If you have any information regarding Xiang’s whereabouts, please call Yellowstone officials at 307-344-2643.

About Sean Reichard

Sean Reichard is the editor of Yellowstone Insider and author of Yellowstone Insider For Families 2017.

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