Missing Person Search Underway in Yellowstone

By on June 8, 2017

Jeff Murphy

[Update, 11 a.m. June 9] The search continues for Jeff Murphy. Yellowstone park officials are utilizing eight hiking teams, five dog teams, four horse teams, and a helicopter in their quest to locate the missing hiker.

JACKSON HOLE, WY – A missing person search for Jeff Murphy, 53, of Batavia, Illinois, was launched by Yellowstone Park officials today.

According to park staff, his last known location was the Rescue Creek trailhead, near Yellowstone’s north entrance, at 8 a.m. Wednesday, June 7. Murphy had planned to hike for the day to Turkey Pen Peak, which is about two and a half miles one way. After the missing hiker failed to check in with his wife, she called park officials Thursday morning who immediately initiated a search.

Public affairs officer Jonathan Shafer described the trail and conditions as “hard packed and hot out there.”

Officials are searching for Murphy on foot and by helicopter.

People with information about Murphy should call 307-344-2643.

PJH will update this story as more information becomes available.

About Robyn Vincent

Robyn is the editor of Planet Jackson Hole and Jackson Hole Snowboarder Magazine. When she's not sweating deadlines, she likes to travel the world with her notebook and camera in hand. Follow her on Twitter @TheNomadicHeart

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