Search efforts are still underway for a 16-year-old girl who went missing in Grand Teton National Park.
We previously reported Fauna Jackson had been reported missing Thursday morning, outside Triangle X Ranch. Jackson was in the park performing service work with Groundwork USA; Grand Teton officials reported Jackson and her fellow crewmates had been working the park for the past week, assisting with trail restoration and other projects.
Now, according to a Grand Teton press release, search and rescue crews have found a hiking boot in the search area, which has been confirmed as belonging to Jackson. However, the park reports Jackson was not wearing her boots when she disappeared, citing information from eyewitnesses. Search efforts will continue into the near future. From the Grand Teton press release:
More than 115 individuals participated in the search and investigation efforts today. After two days of extensive search activities and investigative work, Saturday’s search activities will be focused on lands managed by the Bridger-Teton National Forest. This search area will include the Shadow Mountain area and terrain along the Toppings Lake Road. Areas of the park will continue to be included with the search activities. The search operations will include ground crews, aerial flights, mounted and ATV patrols, and assistance from Wyoming Civil Air Patrol.
As of Saturday, the incident will be jointly managed by Grand Teton National Park and Teton County Search and Rescue, an organization of Teton County Sheriff’s Office. Teton County has primary search and rescue responsibilities for lands managed by the Bridger-Teton National Forest in Teton County.
Jackson was last seen wearing tan pants, a white hat, and a long-sleeve green shirt emblazoned with “Find Your Park” and “Groundwork USA.”
If you have any information regarding her whereabouts, please call 307-739-3517.
UPDATE: Jackson has been found. Read the full story here.