Grand Teton asks public for leads in search for missing man

June 14, 2021 GMT

MOOSE, Wyo. (AP) — Grand Teton National Park rangers and others continued to look Monday for a hiker missing since last Tuesday.

Cian McLaughlin, 27, didn’t show up at his job Thursday and was reported missing late Saturday, park officials said in a statement.

Park workers found McLaughlin’s vehicle at the Lupine Meadows trailhead Sunday and began a search on the ground and by air.

The trailhead is a backcountry access point near Jenny Lake in the park’s southern end.

McLaughlin was spotted hiking Tuesday afternoon a half-mile (1 kilometer) from the trailhead. He was wearing shorts, a cutoff tank top, bucket hat and round sunglasses and was not carrying a backpack, park officials said after getting a phone tip Monday.

He is 6 feet (2 meters) tall and 180 pounds (82 kilograms), with collar-length brown hair. He is thin and speaks with an Irish accent, park officials said.

Where McLaughlin planned to hike wasn’t known. He could have been in the Garnet Canyon, Surprise, Amphitheater, Delta, or Taggart Lakes area, park officials said.

Grand Teton officials asked anyone with information to call or text (888) 653-0009.