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.

soundoff (24 Responses)
  1. Jazzzzzzzz

    The great business of life is to be, to do, to do without, and to depart.

    August 31, 2011 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Rainbowsix

    Wander which is more dangerous now, hikinl or cigarettes?

    August 31, 2011 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Rainbowsix

    Wonder which is more dangerous now, hikin' or cigarettes?

    August 31, 2011 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jazzzzzzzz

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    August 31, 2011 at 8:20 pm | Report abuse |
  5. gung hoe

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    August 31, 2011 at 8:30 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jazzzzzzzz

    HUh, lol still there ?

    August 31, 2011 at 8:32 pm | Report abuse |
  7. gung hoe

    Wonder if it was a kitty kat or a bear I think i heard something about a bear

    August 31, 2011 at 8:37 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jazzzzzzzz

    @ gung hoe, I reside at (1164 morning glory circle) He He

    August 31, 2011 at 8:37 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Jazzzzzzzz

    Ok, that's definatly not gung hoe,
    BACK OFF WEIRDO !!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 31, 2011 at 8:39 pm | Report abuse |
  10. gung hoe

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    August 31, 2011 at 8:42 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Jazzzzzzzz

    Man, I haven't read a lot of your posts, gonna have to start. You sound so different from the (popular teachers) thread.

    August 31, 2011 at 8:45 pm | Report abuse |
  12. gung hoe

    Lol it is to jazzzz this is really pathetic you think im not real i think banasy isnt real when she is Its almost not worth doin this anymore

    August 31, 2011 at 8:49 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jazzzzzzzz

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    August 31, 2011 at 8:52 pm | Report abuse |
  14. gung hoe

    Really jazzzz let me try to prove it You were one of the first that i talked to And it was about punctuation and i explained to you what kind of phone i was using and you said if i had to use that i wouldnt bother

    August 31, 2011 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Jazzzzzzzz

    I wouldn't say that to anyone, any how Gotta go busy

    August 31, 2011 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |
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