Park staff have closed Rescue Creek Trail in northern Yellowstone National Park as they search for a missing hiker.
Earlier today, we reported staff were searching for 53-year-old Jeff Murphy of Batavia, Illinois, who was last seen Wednesday, June 7 around 8 a.m. at the Rescue Creek Trailhead. According to a park press release, Murphy had planned to hike to Turkey Pen Peak. Below is a picture of Murphy, courtesy of Yellowstone:
According to park staff, Murphy may be wearing any of the following items: khaki pants, yellow t-shirt, navy pullover, green/gray rain jacket, and an army green backpack. More information will be provided as crews continue their search.
If you have any information about Mr. Murphy’s whereabouts, please contact Yellowstone staff at 307-344-2643.
The Rescue Creek Trailhead is located near Yellowstone’s North Entrance in Gardiner, Montana.
UPDATE: Staff has ramped up their search for Mr. Murphy. Read the full story here.