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Marine Corps Lieutenant Still Missing In California

Credit: Inyo County Sheriff's Office/Facebook
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An ongoing search for a missing Marine Corps hiker in California continued yesterday, though there has still been no sign of the victim.

First Lieutenant Matthew Kraft, pictured right, began a multi-day hike on the Sierra High Route on the 24th of February, with a possible end date of March 4th or 5th. On March 4th, Lt. Kraft's father reported the Lieutenant missing after not hearing from him. The search began that day by the Mono County Sherrif's Office, with the Inyo County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue team joining the next day.

As of yesterday, March 10, the search has been able to find the Lieutenant's vehicle, but little else. Search teams on the ground, having to be taken in on skis by snowcat, have found evidence of avalanches in the area. This has also been confirmed by air-based searches, which was the primary method of searching used yesterday due to avalanche concerns in the area.

The search has been assisted by multiple agencies, including the Marine Corps, Mono County Sheriff, Mono County Search and Rescue, Inyo County Search and Rescue, Inyo County Sheriff, Madera County Sheriff, Fresno County Sherrif, Sequoia and Kings National Park, Yosemite National Park, CHP H-80, CHP H-40, Air National Guard, and California Office of Emergency Servies. 

These agencies have also asked for the publics help. If you have any information that may help in the search for Lt. Kraft, please contact Inyo County Sheriff’s Office at (760) 878-0383/ option 4; Mono County Sheriff’s Office at (760) 932-7549/ option 7; or Fresno County Sheriff’s Office at (559) 600-8400

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