Still No Luck In Search For Missing Backpacker In Kings Canyon National Park

Searchers were expected Sunday to return to the high country of Kings Canyon National Park in their hunt for a California man who failed to return from his backpacking trip on schedule last Monday.

No clues have been found since the search for Larry Conn, 53, of Pacific Palisades, got under way on Wednesday.

Mr. Conn, an experienced backpacker familiar with the area, had started his trek on October 19 and was expected to exit the Taboose Creek Trailhead in the Inyo National Forest on October 22, according to Kings Canyon officials.

Mr. Conn's intended route was to go over Taboose Pass towards the John Muir Trail in Kings Canyon. His route might also have included Split Mountain and Pinchot Pass, park officials said. The search area is between 10,000 and 12,000 feet in elevation, an area where upwards of 18 inches of snow has accumulated on the ground and overnight lows have tipped into the 20s.

On Saturday more than three dozen were involved in the search for the backpacker. The efforts included two helicopters and dog teams. Efforts were focused on specific high-probability areas around Pinchot Pass, Taboose Pass, and Split Mountain, including likely travel corridors/camp locations, Park Service officials said.