Update: Search for the Ogden man in Yellowstone National Park goes from rescue to recovery

The east shore of Shoshone Lake. Photo courtesy: National Park Service

MAMMOTH HOT SPRINGS, Wyoming, September 24, 2021 (Gephardt Daily) – The search for a missing Ogden man in Yellowstone National Park went from a rescue to a recovery effort five days after crews located her half-brother along the eastern shore of Shoshone Lake, officials said on Friday.

Teams located the body of Mark O’Neill, 67, on Monday, a National Park Service press release said.

O’Neill, of Chimacum, Wash., And his half-brother Kim Crumbo, 74, of Ogden, were reported late by a family member on Sunday after their four-night backcountry trip to the Shoshone Lake.

O’Neill and Crumbo are both retirees from the National Park Service, and Crumbo is a former Navy Seal.

“On Sunday, September 19, park teams located a vacant campground with equipment on the south shore of Shoshone Lake, as well as a canoe, paddle, personal flotation device and other personal effects on the lake. east shore of the lake, “the statement said. says liberation. “Crews located O’Neill’s body along the eastern shore on the morning of Monday, September 20.”

A follow-up press release Friday says that after five days of searching, efforts to locate Crumbo have shifted from rescue to recovery.

“Over the past five days, teams have swept all of the area’s trails, searched the entire Shoshone Lake shoreline by boat, and crisscrossed the open water by helicopter,” the press release said. “Unfortunately, they couldn’t find Crumbo.”

On Friday, teams at the National Park Service’s Submerged Research Center will begin using sonar equipment to detect clues in the water. Park search teams continue to search for Crumbo on foot and by boat, with assistance from the Grand Teton National Park interagency helicopter. Recovery efforts will continue over the next few days if conditions warrant.

“This incident is still under investigation,” the statement said. “While we cannot comment further on the details of this investigation, we will provide updates as appropriate.”

If you have any information that could help investigators establish a timeline of events, or if you were in the Shoshone Lake area between September 12 and 19 and have any information, you are encouraged to contact those responsible at 307 -344-2428 or at yell_tip @ nps.gov.

“A sincere thank you to the public who have expressed interest in helping with the research,” the press release said. “We ask the public to maintain a distance from all law enforcement personnel and search teams, equipment, vehicles and their related activities for the safety of the public in this remote area and to protect the integrity of our work. ”

Shoshone Lake, the second largest lake in the park, is located at the head of the Lewis River southwest of West Thumb. At 8,050 acres, its year round average temperature is around 48 degrees Fahrenheit. Survival time is estimated at only 20 to 30 minutes in water at this temperature. Learn more about navigation regulations and safety in the park here.


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