Search Under Way For Missing Backpackers in Kings Canyon National Park
A search is under way in the high country of Kings Canyon National Park for three young men who failed to return Monday from a planned 65-mile trek.
Planning began Tuesday for the search for Jordan Zeman, 25, Jake Zeman, 23, and Lanier Rogers, 25, all of southern California, according to a park release. The trio began their trip from Road’s End in the Cedar Grove area of Kings Canyon last Wednesday with the intention of walking out on Monday. Family reported the backpackers missing around 10 p.m. Monday.
Searchers were being summoned Wednesday from around California to aid Sequoia and Kings Canyon rangers in the effort.
Backcountry hikers in the wilderness area between Road’s End, east to Forrester Pass, or south to the Kern-Kaweah River, are asked to call incident investigators at 559-565-3195 whether or not they saw a group matching that of the missing men.
Heavy rain and higher-elevation snow from the recent storm, enormity of the search area, inability to use aircraft due to weather conditions, and difficult terrain were adding to the complexity of the search.