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Secret Service Was Involved In Search

August 24 2004 at 1:00 PM
roger  (Login dipper)

Response to Debate Whether Hypothermia or Grizzly Killed Hiker in Bridger-Teton National Forest

I've never heard of the Secret Service being involved in a search but thanks to Jim G., here's this:

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) - Following the waffle-cut pattern of a Merrell hiking
boot, searchers retraced the steps of David Anderson, piecing together a
story of how the fit 24-year-old died of hypothermia.

Searchers, including a Secret Service tracker and 22 volunteers, combed
steep, overgrown drainages in the Teton Wilderness in the days after
Anderson's body was recovered Aug. 11.

Though there was no crime to investigate, Teton County Sheriff Bob Zimmer
sent teams back into the field to try to recover Anderson's camping gear and
to understand how he came to die near a trail not far from a highway.

he Richardson, Texas, man was spending his second summer in Grand Teton
National Park as an employee at Signal Mountain Lodge. He and a friend
struck out Sunday evening, Aug. 8, for the Huckleberry Mountain historic
lookout, northeast of the park on the Bridger-Teton National Forest.

The two were intending to meet six other friends at the lookout, Zimmer
said. The men mistakenly hiked past the lookout and descended into Rodent
Creek, where they camped a few miles east of the lookout.

The next morning they began hiking back to the lookout. Anderson's friend
last saw him near a fork in the trail where Rodent Creek Trail connects to
Sheffield Creek Trail, which leads to the lookout.

The friend, who was ahead of Anderson, continued hiking after looking back
to see Anderson heading in the right direction.

On Friday, Secret Service Agent Corby Rowe picked up Anderson's trail at
that point. Rowe followed his boot prints up switchbacks on the trail toward
the lookout. But Anderson's tracks soon disappear from the trail.

After scouting the area for some time, Rowe discovered Anderson had left the
trail and started bushwhacking along a southeastern flank of Huckleberry
Mountain. It took Rowe about an hour and a half to hike from the point where
Anderson was last seen to where he went off the established trail.

The agent had a clear view of the lookout and speculated that the young man
may have tried to take a short-cut.

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