Jennifer Coleman, 34, of Richmond, Va., Never returned from what felt like a solo hike. Up to 50 people have joined the search over rough terrain after his vehicle was found parked atop Logan Pass, officials said. A park service statement says the cause of his death has not been determined. Strong winds on Sunday prevented the recovery of his body from the air.
His parents are the leaders of the AWARE foundation, which defends missing persons.
“It is with a heavy heart that we must share this news. Jennifer Coleman, daughter of a member of our own AWARE family, Hal and Sharon Coleman, has been found dead, ”read a statement on Sunday on the Roanoke-based group’s Facebook page. evening. “Please respect the family as they deal with their grief and loss. “
Coleman’s personal effects had been found at his campsite at West Glacier KOA Campground by sheriff’s deputies performing a welfare check, Glacier spokesperson Brandy Burke said. Researchers began looking for Coleman on Wednesday.
The AWARE Foundation said Coleman was last heard by text.
“Jennifer sent the text [on August 30] from Highline Trail / Logan Pass to Granite Park Chalet in Montana, ”according to an email from the Foundation. “She was supposed to pick up her dogs from a boarding house the next day, but never showed up to get them. “
Glacier National Park spokesperson Brandy Burke told CBS affiliate WTVR that teams had been looking Thursday and Friday on the ground and in the sky, with K9s searching through the trees .
Friends told WTVR that Coleman was an experienced hiker.