Lexington Man Missing In Montana

WEST GLACIER, Mont. (AP) - Montana searchers are finding no sign of a 27-year-old Kentucky man who is four days overdue from a lengthy backcountry hike in Glacier National Park.

Park officials say Yi-Jien Hwa (yee' jen' hwa') was last seen at the St. Mary Visitor Center on Aug. 11, the first day of a hike that he planned to end Monday at Kintla Lake. His car was found in the Logan Pass Visitor Center parking lot. He was believed to be hiking alone.

Spokeswoman Tina Pugel (pyoo'-ghel) says Hwa lives in Lexington and is a master's student at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Ky. She says Hwa's wife is en route to Montana.

Park spokeswoman Norma Sosa says searchers check back with park
officials every two hours and none reported finding any sign of Hwa by mid-afternoon Friday.

Hwa's itenerary said he planned to cover 96 miles on his hike, with an increase of 15,000 feet in elevation and a similar descent over the course of the hike. Sosa says the search will continue Saturday.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by gnoretep Location: Malaysia on Aug 26, 2008 at 11:45 AM
    We are praying for the safe return of Hwa and looking forward to welcoming him home. Meanwhile, please don't give up searching for him. Thanks!
  • by TC Location: Lexington on Aug 23, 2008 at 04:25 AM
    I just got back from Montana and I have spent a lot of time in Glacier National park. This is an extremely dangerous area and I hope they find this gentleman safe.
  • by ghettochip Location: richmond on Aug 22, 2008 at 08:39 PM
    i hope that he is found and that he is OK. i admire his ambition, and hope he reaps the satisfaction of successfully reaching his goal. best wishes to Hwa and his wife. Glacier Nat'l Park is shrinking every day. i hope to make it there before it is gone, too.


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