|Missing Person Kenneth Stensby, 73|
YOSEMITE -- According to the National Park Service, Kenneth Stensby, 73, left a note stating that he was hiking to the top of Vernal Fall on Sunday. He did not return, but his pack was found at the railing at the top of Vernal Fall.
Rangers described Stensby as an avid hiker from Edina, Minn., who had been staying at the Ahwahnee Hotel. He left a note early Sunday morning informing hotel staff that he was leaving for the hike and expected to be back at the Ahwahnee by noon, park officials said
Search and rescue workers are looking along the Mist Trail corridor, from Happy Isles to the top of Vernal Fall. About 30 people and a dog team are involved in the effort.
The 3-mile round-trip hike to Vernal Fall is among the park’s most popular. Though this was a drier winter than usual, the falls are running strong this week, Yosemite spokesman Scott Gediman said.
Authorities are asking anyone who hiked the Mist or John Muir trails to Vernal or Nevada falls on Sunday to email their name, phone numbers, itinerary and approximate time they were at the top of Vernal Fall to email@example.com.
Hikers also are asked to check their photos for images of Stensby or his pack. Rangers ask anyone who saw Stensby or his pack, or might have a photo of him or his pack, to call (209) 372-0432.---------------------------------------------