Remains Identified in Yellowstone

Written by on August 2, 2019

Closure has come for the family of a Yellowstone summer employee who has been missing for four years.

The remains of Feiyang “Isaac” Xiang, a 21-year-old man from China who likely drowned in 2015, have been found and positively identified.

Xiang, a seasonal concessionaire employee in Yellowstone, was last seen being swept down the Yellowstone River in the northern section of the park on July 23rd of 2015. A large and extensive search for Xiang ensued, aided by several dog teams, dozens of ground searchers, and helicopter teams. Search efforts did not turn up any sign of Xiang.

In February 2018, staff discovered human bones in the vicinity of the 2015 drowning site. The remains were sent to the University of North Texas Center for Human Identification for DNA testing. In June of this year, the park received confirmation that the remains were of Xiang.

Last month, Xiang’s family returned to the park and collected his remains. They have since returned to China.


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