Body of Overdue Hiker Found in Grand Teton National Park

Photo by Andrew White, National Park Service

By Kari Eakins – 22 Jul ’14

The body of an overdue hiker was discovered Tuesday afternoon near the mouth of Cascade Canyon in Grand Teton National Park. Park officials report that Will Cornyn, 36, of San Francisco, Calif. was found below a steep cliff band near Inspiration Point.

Cornyn had been reported overdue by his girlfriend on Monday when he did not return from a hike on Sunday from the southeast shore of Jenny Lake with a goal to hike to Lake Solitude in the North Fork of Cascade Canyon.

A Teton Interagency contract helicopter conducted an aerial search on Monday to no avail. Then on Tuesday morning 74 people gathered for a full-scale search for Cornyn that included the helicopter, a Teton Interagency helitak crew and four search dog teams.

After nearly six hours, one of 19 assigned search parties discovered Cornyn. His body was extricated from Inspiration Point via a helicopter long-line.

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