Illinois Man Missing in Yellowstone
Written by andrew-rossi on June 9, 2017
A 53 year old Illinois man has gone missing in Yellowstone National Park.
A ground and air search was initiated yesterday for Jeff Murphy, of Batavia, Illinois, near the park’s North Entrance. Murphy was last seen at the Rescue Creek Trailhead, near Yellowstone’s North Entrance, at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, June 7. He intended to hike for the day to Turkey Pen Peak.
Murphy wears glasses, is 5′ 11″ tall, 190 pounds, and may be wearing khaki pants, a yellow t-shirt, navy pullover, a green and gray rain jacket, and an army green backpack. Park officials have closed the Rescue Creek Trail due to the search.
Jonathan Shafer with the Park’s Communications Office says that there currently are no other agencies involved in the search, besides Park staff.
Shafer adds that the last time the park had a missing person, it was in July of 2015 – a 21-year old seasonal employee from China was backpacking with friends when he disappeared while swimming in the Yellowstone River near its confluence with Hellroaring Creek in the northern section of the park. Although the search continued for two weeks, that man’s body was never found.
Anyone with information about the disappearance of Jeff Murphy is urged to contact Yellowstone National Park at (307) 344-2643.