Remains found in Olympic National Park belong to hiker missing since 2017

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Jacob Gray, 22, of Port Townsend

OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK, Wash. — Human remains discovered in a remote area of Olympic National Park over the weekend belong to a hiker who was reported missing last year.

The Peninsula Daily News reports the King County Medical Examiner’s Office used dental records to confirm 22-year-old Jacob Gray’s identity Wednesday.

Clallam County Deputy Coroner Christi Wojnowski says further examination will be done to confirm his death was not the result of a traumatic event.

Jacob’s father Randy Gray says said investigators told him they believe his son died of hypothermia.

Gray left Port Townsend on his bicycle April 5, 2017, towing a trailer of camping gear.

The bike and trailer were found the following day.

On Friday park employees and volunteers found outdoor equipment and clothing near Hoh Lake. On Saturday, a team sent to search found human skeletal remains.

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