Port Towsend man missing in Olympic National Park
OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK Rangers are searching for a 22-year-old Port Townsend man after his bike and camping gear were found on the side of Sol Duc Hot Springs Road last week.
Jacob Gray, described by family as an avid outdoorsman, left Port Townsend alone on his bike Wednesday towing a trailer full of camping gear.
Olympic National Park visitors found the bike and camping gear Thursday about 6.5 miles up Sol Duc Hot Springs Road, said Lee Snook, chief of interpretation and education for the park.
“Rangers responded, did a hasty search of the river and found no evidence of Jacob,” she said.
Gray is white, 5 feet, 11 inches tall, weighs about 145 pounds, and has brown hair and brown eyes.
Rangers searched again Friday and still found no trace of the man, she said. They walked along the side of the river and around the area where the bike was found, but couldn’t do a thorough search because of the river’s conditions.
“The river is very high, fast and cold right now,” she said. “They did a search along the riverbank where they could and up and down the road.”
She said they are now using GPS data to plan the next search and “build the next steps.”
At this point rangers have no idea what might have happened or where he might be, she said.
“His gear was found and he wasn’t,” she said. “There’s nothing else to go on. Anything else would be speculation.”
David Stokes, Gray’s uncle, said that while the young man is an avid outdoorsman, he and the rest of his family is concerned.
He was unsure of Gray’s plans and when he planned to return.
“If he got himself into trouble, we need to try to find him,” he said.
He said his family doesn’t typically worry about Gray when he’s in the outdoors because of how experienced he is.
Gray is known to go camping alone in foul weather and in the mountains, he said.
“We don’t worry about him because he’s done this so much,” he said. “But we’re very concerned. We want to make sure we can do everything we can to help find him.”
Snook said anyone with information about Gray’s whereabouts should call the park at 360-565-3000.