Search for Missing Hiker Continues

By Beacon Staff

The man overseeing the search for a Kentucky hiker missing in Glacier National Park says searchers haven’t found anything they believe belongs to Yi-Jien Hwa.

Pat Suddath says searchers have found an old sandal, a baseball hat and a safety clip from a can of bear spray, but no sign of the 27-year-old Hwa.

Hwa left for a planned 100-mile hike on Aug. 11 and the search for him has been ongoing since Aug. 19.

Suddath says the lack of success has been frustrating because crews believed they had narrowed the search area based on Hwa’s planned trip, interviews with campground managers and the fact that he hadn’t stopped at his car to get supplies for the second half of his trip.

Suddath says a family emergency prevented Hwa’s wife from going on the hike as planned.

He says the search managers will meet Tuesday to determine if the search will continue.