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Rangers search Ozette area for overdue day hiker

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Olympic National Park sources

Olympic National Park rangers are searching the Ozette area today, Aug. 29, for Bryan Lee Johnston, 71, of Seattle.

Johnston reportedly left his Seattle home Thursday, Aug. 22, for a two- to three-day trip to the Olympic Peninsula. Before leaving home, he talked of plans to hike on the Ozette Loop Trail. He was reported overdue yesterday morning, Aug. 28.

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

Rangers immediately began a hasty search for Johnston and located his truck in the Ozette Ranger station parking lot yesterday. Teams searched the Ozette Loop Trail, beach areas and Lake Ozette. A helicopter search was also conducted yesterday afternoon until dark.

This morning (Aug. 29), six ground search teams, two search dog teams are in the field to continue the search. A team is also searching Lake Ozette via boat.

Those clues or information about Johnston’s whereabouts are asked to call Olympic National Park at 360-565-3120.
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