Search Continues for 60 Year Old Hiker Jim Griffin Missing Since 12/22/14 in Olympic National Park in Washington State
60 year old Jim Griffin has been missing since December 22, 2014 when he went for what is believed to be a day hike at Olympic National Park in Washington state. Friends of Griffin reported him overdue when he did not arrive at a dinner party on Wednesday Christmas Eve. Griffin’s backpack was found Thursday about a half-mile from the Olympic Hot Springs trailhead.
A 60-year-old Port Angeles man has been missing in Olympic National Park since he went on a day hike on Monday.
Park officials told The Peninsula Daily News a backpack belonging to the hiker was found in the Olympic Hot Springs Trail area, but there were no other signs of him.
Park spokeswoman Barb Maynes says friends of Jim Griffin reported him overdue when he did not arrive at a dinner party on Christmas Eve. His car was found at the Olympic Hot Springs trail head.
His car was found parked at the Olympic Hot Springs trailhead.
“It’s a 2½ mile walk into the hot springs,” Maynes said.
“We understand that this is a place he enjoys going to quite a bit.”
No photo of him was immediately available. Maynes said park officials are seeking one.
Three people searched Wednesday night, Maynes said.
They began at about 10 p.m. or 11 p.m., she said, and spent the night in the field before searching until noon on Christmas Day.