HIKER MISSING IN YOSEMITE
Rescue crews with search dogs and a helicopter overhead were combing the trails of Yosemite National Park Monday for an experienced hiker and U.S. Navy serviceman who disappeared last week.
The 24-year-old hiker, Alexander Joseph Sevier, an active member of the U.S. Navy, had flown into California from his home in Virginia and entered the park alone on May 1 according to Scott Gediman, a spokesman for the National Parl Service. Sevier was scheduled to check out of a housekeeping camp on Saturday, and when housekeepers at the camp saw his belongings still there on Sunday, they sounded the alarm. Because Sevier is young and in shape from his Naval training, Gediman said they don’t suspect any physical issues befell the hiker, but noted that the Merced River has been running decptively quick and cold from the abundant snow that has swollen its banks.
National Park SAR is continuing their efforts to find Sevier today.