YNP Search Ends in Tragedy | Big Horn Radio Network | Wyoming

Search for Illinois Man Ends in Tragedy

Written by on June 12, 2017

Yellowstone National Park search crews on Friday located the body of an Illinois man who went missing last week near the Park’s North entrance.
Jeff Murphy’s death appears to have resulted from a fall on Turkey Pen Peak. The 53 year old from Batavia, Illinois went for a day hike on the Rescue Creek Trail on June 7. The park initiated the search on June 8 when Mr. Murphy’s wife reported that he failed to check in.
At its peak, the search involved eight hiking teams, five dog teams, four horse teams, and a helicopter. The Rescue Creek Trail, which had been closed due to this search, is open. However, visitors should anticipate temporary closures in the area until the investigation is complete.


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