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Missing Olympic National Park hiker found

David Galbraith, 51, is missing in Olympic National Park.
David Galbraith, 51, is missing in Olympic National Park. Courtesy of Olympic National Park

A hiker missing since Tuesday afternoon at Olympic National Park was found late Thursday morning.

David Galbraith of Victoria, B.C., was found at the junction of the Barnes Creek and Aurora Ridge trails, about 3 miles south of the Storm King Trail. Searchers on the scene were giving him food and water and evaluating his condition before hiking with him to the trailhead, said park spokeswoman Barb Maynes.

More than 20 people, including 14 searchers on the ground, searchers in a helicopter and two search dog teams were in the Mount Storm King area looking for the 51-year-old.

Galbraith was last seen at 3:40 p.m. Tuesday, when he split off from his hiking companion at the intersection of the Marymere Falls Trail and the Storm King Trail in the Lake Crescent area, Maynes said.

The two had hiked together to Marymere Falls, but Galbraith decided to hike the 2.2-mile Storm King trail while the other hiker went back to the trailhead and parking area.

Galbraith was reported overdue at about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday when he did not meet his companion as planned.

A team of two searchers began looking for Galbraith along the Storm King Trail late Tuesday night and additional searchers began early Wednesday. Extensive searching from a helicopter was also done Wednesday and continued Thursday.

Jeffrey P. Mayor: 253-597-8640

jeff.mayor@thenewstribune.com

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