Yellowstone National Park officials are searching for a missing man near the park’s northern entrance.
The park said in a press release that Jeff Murphy, a 53-year-old from Illinois, was last seen near the Rescue Creek trailhead around 8 a.m. Wednesday. The park says Murphy had planned a day hike to Turkey Pen Peak.
The park has closed the Rescue Creek trail because of the search.
Murphy is described about 5 feet 11 inches tall, weighing 190 pounds. The release said he wears glasses and may be wearing khaki pants, a yellow T-shirt, navy pullover, a green and gray rain jacket, and an army green backpack.
Anyone with information about the man are encouraged to call the park at 307-344-2643.
UPDATE: JUNE 9
Today, park search crews located the body of Jeff Murphy who was missing near the park’s North Entrance. Mr. Murphy’s death appears to have resulted from a fall on Turkey Pen Peak.
At its peak, the search involved eight hiking teams, five dog teams, four horse teams, and a helicopter.