Glacier National Park worker missing after starting hike
Searchers believe they found a signature of Jacob Rigby, 27, on a register at the summit of Brave Dog Mountain.
August 31st, 2011
06:19 PM ET

Glacier National Park worker missing after starting hike

Searchers spent a third day Wednesday looking for a Glacier National Park employee who didn’t return from a hike they believe he took in a steep, mountainous part of the park in Montana, officials said.

Jacob “Jake” Rigby, 27, was reported overdue at 2 a.m. Monday after failing to return from a hike he started on his personal time the day before, the park said in a news release.

On Tuesday the second day of a search involving ground crews and helicopters searchers found what park officials believe is his signature on a register at the summit of the park’s Brave Dog Mountain. It was dated Sunday, the park said.

Rigby, a seasonal employee working with the park’s exotic plant team, is an avid and skilled hiker who is familiar with the park, according to park officials.

“This area (that Rigby is believed to have hiked) is extremely steep and treacherous. It is an area that only the most highly skilled hikers and climbers attempt to access,” the news release said.

Park rangers found his vehicle Monday at a trailhead at the southern end of the park, along state Highway 2.

Searchers may have to contend with snow in the higher parts of the park Thursday morning. The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory saying 1 to 3 inches of snow could fall in certain areas, including trails above 6,500 feet.

Park spokeswoman Denise Germann said ground crews are prepared to stay in the park up to two nights because the weather could prevent air crews from picking them up.

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  1. gung hoe

    Ya the real gung hoe SORRY DIDNT MEAN TO SCARE YOU this is lay minister herman really

    August 31, 2011 at 9:02 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. gung hoe

    Would you like my phone number.

    August 31, 2011 at 9:04 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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    Dam trolls oh well hope to talk to you again

    August 31, 2011 at 9:06 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. sherbear

    Hoping and praying for a happy reunion for the Rigby family! I work with Jake's mother so this hits really close to home.

    August 31, 2011 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Jessica

    Is thinking of all the people involved in the search for Jacob. Praying for his safe return!

    August 31, 2011 at 11:51 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. yada

    Hope they find the young man safe and sound.

    September 1, 2011 at 3:58 am | Report abuse | Reply
  7. yada

    Praying they find this young man safe and sound.

    September 1, 2011 at 5:16 am | Report abuse | Reply
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  9. Kathy

    Maybe it's time to put a tracking braclet on all back country hikers. Search and rescue could reach them sooner and perhaps save a life. I know many people object to this idea, but maybe, it's time.

    August 3, 2012 at 11:55 am | Report abuse | Reply
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