(Press Release) On Tuesday search efforts continued for missing hiker Larry Conn at Kings Canyon National Park.
A total of 35 staff from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, Kern County Sheriff’s Office, Sierra Madre Search and Rescue, and Yosemite National Park were part of the operation. Six ground search teams and two contract helicopters focused on specific high-probability areas, including likely travel corridors/camp locations around Pinchot Pass, Taboose Pass, and Split Mountain.
Search conditions remained challenging with significant areas covered in a blanket of snow masking the ground and potential clues. Temperatures have ranged from the mid-40s in the daytime to the low-20s at night.
Ground crews have been effective in searching for clues within the established search area, but despite aggressive searching, no clues have been located that have been tied to Larry Conn since he was seen by another hiker near his vehicle on October 19th.
Ground search assignments have been completed, and ground teams have been removed from the search area. Aerial searches are expected to continue on Wednesday.