Searchers planned to expand their efforts Friday to find a 73-year-old hiker who set out on a day hike to the summit of Mount Whitney in Sequoia National Park.
Kenneth "Wade" Brunette set out for the summit of the 14,494-foot peak on Sunday. An official search was launched Tuesday. According to a release from the park, searchers on Friday would be looking on both sides of the Sierra Nevada crest for Mr. Brunette.
Search and rescue personnel (including ground searchers and dog teams) from Yosemite, Sequoia, and Kings Canyon national parks and rescue teams from Inyo, Mono, Los Angeles, Fresno, Tulare, Sierra Madre, Montrose, and Contra Costa counties were also involved. Helicopters from the National Park Service and the California Highway Patrol also were being utilized for aerial searching and for team transport into the remote backcountry area.
Anyone who was in the backcountry area around Whitney Portal, the Mt. Whitney summit, or the areas in Sequoia National Park around Crabtree Meadow or Mt. Russell are asked to contact investigators whether or not they saw someone matching Mr. Brunette’s description.
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks: 559/565-3195
Inyo County Sheriff’s Department: 760/878-0383