Olympic National Park just issued this statement:
A search is in progress for a solo hiker who is overdue from a planned day hike in Olympic National Park. It is believed that David Snider, 55 years old, of Union, Washington, had planned to hike on Monday, May 7, along the Irely Lake Loop Trail.
Olympic National Park dispatch received a report from the Olympic National Forest that Snidder was reported overdue to them on Wednesday morning. Contact with the reporting party was made at 10:50am by Park Law Enforcement personnel.
Snidder’s vehicle was located at the North Fork Campground on Wednesday. Snidder is described as a capable hiker with previous experience in mountainous and snowy terrain. He is believed to be traveling with a daypack and basic essentials.
An initial “hasty” search began Wednesday afternoon. On Thursday, 8 ground searchers from Olympic National Park continued the search and were aided by a helicopter. Clues, believed to be left by Snidder, were located by a ground search team Thursday afternoon.
Approximately 16 ground searchers, including 8 technical rescue team members from Olympic Mountain Rescue, along with a German Shepherd Search Dog with its handler from Pierce County and a helicopter will continue to search the area today. For Friday, search efforts are concentrated in the area between Irely Lake and Reflection Lake, which is very steep and rugged