Body Found Matching Description of Missing Grand Teton Hiker

Grand Teton rangers have found a body matching the description of missing hiker Rene Dreiling on the north side of Mount Owen.

According to Grand Teton’s Facebook page, the body was found on a rocky cliff band near steep snow fields. Crews located the body at approximately 7 p.m. Sunday, September 4. Rangers will attempt to recover the body later today, weather pending.

We previously reported Dreiling was last seen Wednesday, August 31, setting out for a hike near Jenny Lake Lodge. He was officially reported missing when he didn’t show up for a shift at Colter Bay Village September 2. From Grand Teton’s Facebook page:

Grand Teton National Park Superintendent David Vela said, “We extend our thoughts and prayers to Rene’s family, and to Grand Teton Lodge Company.”

Dreiling, a 21-year-old male from Denver, Colorado, and a summer employee of Grand Teton Lodge Company, was reported missing Friday, September 2 when he did not show up for his scheduled work shift at Colter Bay. The park service investigation determined that he was last seen on Wednesday morning, August 31, along the northwest shore of Jenny Lake. Dreiling had discussed plans to climb Table Mountain and several peaks in Hanging Canyon prior to departing on his trip.

Approximately 100 individuals have been involved with the search for Dreiling. Superintendent Vela expresses appreciation on behalf of the park to all those that contributed their time with this incident. Vela also commends park staff for their leadership and commitment during a difficult situation.

At this time, Grand Teton rangers wish to remind hikers and climbers to share their planned route of travel, as well as their expected return time, before setting out.

About Sean Reichard

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

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