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Rangers get new tips in search for missing man in Grand Teton; NPS still seeking public’s help

Cian McLaughlin (National Park Service)

CASPER, Wyo. — Search operations for Cian McLauglin, 27, are entering their fourth day on Wednesday in Grand Teton National Park.

McLaughlin was last seen by a friend around 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 8 about a half mile away from the Lupine Meadows Trailhead. It is unknown where the intended destination of his hike was, according to the National Park Service.

Rangers received additional tips on Tuesday about potential sightings of McLaughlin on switchbacks below the Garnet Canyon/Surprise Lake junction and in the vicinity of Delta Lake. Those potential sightings occurred on Tuesday, June 8, according to the NPS.

“As McLaughlin’s plans were unclear, anyone who has been traveling in the Teton backcountry since Tuesday, June 8, may have seen him and are encouraged to contact the National Park Service Investigative Services Branch,” the NPS says. 

Security camera footage at the Moose Entrance Station shows McLaughlin entering the park at around 2:15 pm Tuesday, June 8.

“He was wearing a white short-sleeve shirt and a red watch while in his vehicle,” the NPS says. “In addition, it is believed he was wearing shorts, a bucket hat, and round sunglasses. McLaughlin also has a noticeable forearm tattoo on his left arm.”

On Tuesday, over 40 park staff conducted a ground search in high probability areas.

“Five search and rescue dog teams, members of Teton County Search and Rescue, and the Teton Interagency Helicopter have also been involved,” the NPS says.

The Civil Air Patrol also conducted a search Tuesday morning “using Forward Looking Infrared, a thermographic camera that senses infrared radiation.”

Search operations are continuing Wednesday.

Anyone with information regarding McLaughlin’s whereabouts is asked to contact the National Park Service Investigative Services Branch: