Search for 2 Men in Olympic National Park Suspended
BREMERTON, Wash. (AP) — Officials have suspended their search for two men missing in Washington state's Olympic National Park, including a 20-year-old hiker from New Jersey missing for the past week.
Zach Krull, from Livingston, New Jersey, had been camping alone at Staircase, in the park's southeastern corner, when he was reported overdue April 10.
Search teams were hindered by bad weather and severe avalanche danger. The Peninsula Daily News reports that a helicopter crew on Friday did see footprints that entered an area hit by a slide, but searchers couldn't confirm the prints were his.
His father said Krull had recently transferred to The Evergreen State College in Olympia and wanted to become a park ranger.
Officials have also called off a search for 22-year-old Jacob Gray, of Bellevue, who went missing April 5. His bicycle and trailer full of camping gear were found on the road to the Sol Duc hot springs.