Monday, May 6, 2013

YNP SAR: #NoJoy Yosemite Park Rangers Find Body Of Missing Elderly Hiker #CaSAR

Update 5-7-13: Yosemite Park Rangers have found the body of a hiker from Minnesota who went missing at Yosemite National Park on Sunday. According to the National Park Service, rangers recovered the body of Kenneth Stensby near the base of Vernal Fall Tuesday after searchers spotted it Monday evening. He apparently fell from a cliff near the waterfall
Missing Person - Yosemite National Park Rangers are searching for a person who went missing at Yosemite National Park on Sunday.
Missing Person Kenneth Stensby, 73
Location: Yosemite National Park, Mist Trail corridor, Vernal Falls Trail, Yosemite National Park.
Reported Date/time: 5-5-2013 Evening

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

Rangers found Stensby’s dark-colored North Face day pack at the top of Vernal Fall near the guard rails, late in the day Sunday. The pack did not contain his camera.

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 stensbysearch@yahoo.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.
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