Reader Participation Day: How Long Should Park Personnel Look For Someone Reported Missing?
Earlier this spring, two men were reported missing in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
At its height, more than 60 people and three dogs searched on and off trails for Derek Lueking. While that was going on, rangers noticed that the car of Michael Cocchini was parked at a walkway for two days. Since this was not a trailhead to a backcountry destination, a search was started for this second person. Neither man has been found. Needless to say, park resources were stretched.
If you go to the Morning Report put out by the National park Service each day, you'll see that quite frequently a park is dealing with a search or rescue of some type.
There's been lots of discussion as to whether the rescued person should pay for their rescue. But this is a different question.
How long or how hard should park personnel look for someone reported missing?