More than a week has passed since a 71-year-old Seattle man was reported missing at Olympic National Park and searchers have failed to find any sign of him.
Bryan Lee Johnston was reported overdue on August 28. An intensive search of the Lake Ozette area and adjacent Pacific Coast shoreline has failed to uncover any clues to his whereabouts, the park reported Thursday.
Rangers continue to search for indications of Mr. Johnston’s plans or location. A photo of the hiker has been sent to hikers who had backcountry permits for the north coast and Ozette area and may have had contact with him.
Mr. Johnston traveled to the Olympic Peninsula on Thursday, August 22. Family members reported him overdue six days later. Rangers located his truck in the Ozette Ranger station parking lot early last Wednesday, immediately following the report.
Ground searchers and a helicopter were involved in the search effort on Wednesday, August 28, with additional ground searchers, boat searchers, and two search dog teams added on Thursday. On Friday, five teams of ground searchers and three dog teams from Pierce County Search and Rescue continued the intensive search.
Search efforts have been concentrated in the area of the popular nine-mile Ozette – Cape Alava – Sand Point – Ozette triangle hike. Rangers have covered more than 25 miles of the park’s Pacific Coast from Shi Shi Beach south to Norwegian Memorial, the Lake Ozette shoreline and nearby roads and trails.
Anyone with clues or information regarding Johnston’s whereabouts is asked to call Olympic National Park at 360-565-3120.
Mr. Johnston has white hair in a ponytail and blue eyes and is 5’10” tall. Family members describe him as active and physically fit. He is believed to have been wearing blue jeans and carrying a black day pack.