The Kings Canyon National Parks Service re-issued the flyer for missing Pacific Palisades hiker Larry Conn on Friday, Nov. 16. This is the first update since they suspended the search on Nov. 1.
The search in the eastern Sierra mountains lasted for eight days in October, utilizing 56 personnel from multiple agencies, with 10 ground search teams, three dog teams, and five helicopters. Conn began a four-day trip in the rugged wilderness of Kings Canyon National Park starting at Taboose Pass on Oct. 19, when he was seen by an outbound hiker.
"We haven’t been able to find any clues related to Larry Conn," said Dana Dierkes, spokespeson for Kings County National Parks, on Wednesday.
A winter storm arrived in the area on the night of Oct. 20 and dropped up to 12 inches of snow. Conn was reported overdue to the Inyo County Sheriff’s Department on the evening of Oct. 23, and the Sheriff’s Department confirmed his vehicle was still at the trailhead. On Oct. 24, the Inyo County Sheriff’s Department notified the National Park Service of the missing hiker. Search operations began in Kings Canyon National Park on Oct. 24 and continued through Oct. 31.
Dierkes stressed the difficulty of the search.
"There’s been two to threes snow storms in the high Sierras, which makes it a very difficult place to search," she said. "And when days have gotten so short and with less search time, and many clues may be covered up by snow."
Calls made to the Inyo County Sheriff's Department were not returned.
If you have seen or contacted Conn or have more information, call Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks' Dispatch at (559) 565-3195 or the Inyo County Sheriff’s Department at (760) 878-0383.