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Seattle day hiker still missing; Olympic National Park asks for public’s help

olympic1PORT ANGELES — Olympic National Park rangers on Thursday were still investigating the disappearance of 71-year-old day hiker Bryan Lee Johnston of Seattle, who was reported overdue on Aug. 28, and are asking the public with any information to call the park.

“An intensive search of the Lake Ozette area and adjacent Pacific Coast shoreline has failed to uncover any clues to Johnston’s whereabouts,” a park news release said.

Johnston left his home in Seattle and traveled to the Olympic Peninsula on Thursday, Aug. 22, the release said.  Family members reported Johnston overdue on Wednesday, Aug. 28. Rangers located Johnston’s truck in the Ozette Ranger station parking lot early Wednesday, immediately following the report. Searchers, including with rescue dogs, failed to find Johnston.

Anyone with clues or information regarding Johnston’s whereabouts is asked to call Olympic National Park at 360-565-3120.

Johnston has white hair in a ponytail and blue eyes and is 5-foot-10.  Family members describe him as active and physically fit.  He is believed to have been wearing blue jeans and carrying a black day pack.

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