Based on new information from a witness, the search for lost Grand Teton hiker Cian McLaughlin has shifted to the Bradley Lake and Taggart Lake areas.
According to a Grand Teton National Park press release, the parameters of the search changed after a Jackson resident who recently returned from an international trip came forward with new information. The reporting party said they saw McLaughlin on Tuesday, June 8, in the late afternoon/early evening on the trail on the south side of the Bradley/Taggart moraine. The individual reported McLaughlin was headed south towards Taggart Lake and had a conversation with McLaughlin where he described where he worked, that he’s from Ireland, and currently living in Jackson. The reporting party continued hiking towards Bradley Lake and did not see McLaughlin again that evening.
As a result of this new information, the park has made additional search efforts around Bradley Lake and Taggart Lake. Park staff also searched the Phelps Lake area, which McLaughlin reportedly likes to visit. No evidence or clues of McLaughlin’s whereabouts were identified, so the search continues for the lost Grand Teton hiker.
McLaughlin is described as a solo hiker with shoulder-length hair and wearing round glasses, a white shirt, shorts, and a hat. The guide also reported the man as having tattoos on his arms and carrying a bottle of water.
Hikers do go missing almost every summer in Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Park. One issue with this case is that McLaughlin did not share with anyone his plans.
Image courtesy National Park Service.
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