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Missing Hiker Found Dead Near Yellowstone’s Turkey Pen Peak

The body of a missing hiker was found in northern Yellowstone National Park’s this afternoon.

According to a Yellowstone press release, the body of Jeff Murphy, 53, of Batavia, Illinois, was found by crews after a one-day search.

Mr. Murphy was last seen Wednesday, June 7 at 8 a.m. at the Rescue Creek Trailhead. He had intended to hike to Turkey Pen Peak; officials believe he died after sustaining a fall along the trail.

Earlier today, we reported crews had ramped up their search efforts for Mr. Murphy, closing Rescue Creek Trail and dispatching eight hiking teams, five dog teams, four horse teams, and a helicopter.

“All of us at Yellowstone extend our sympathy to the Murphy family for their tragic loss,” said Yellowstone Superintendent Dan Wenk in a statement.

Rescue Creek Trail is open to hikers once more. However, visitors should expect temporary closures while staff complete their investigation.

About Sean Reichard

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

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