Earthly body located; James "Jim" Griffin, 60 - Port Angeles, WASHINGTON

OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK — The body of missing hiker James Thomas Griffin was found Sunday in Olympic National Park's Elwha River Valley.

Griffin, 60, was last seen by other hikers Dec. 22 at Olympic Hot Springs. The Port Angeles resident was reported missing Dec. 24 when he did not arrive at a Christmas Eve dinner.

Griffin's remains were found by a search dog team in terrain the park's staff described as "very steep, rugged and densely forested." His body was about a third-mile and nearly 1,000 vertical feet above the Boulder Creek Trail.

An investigation at the scene showed no indications of foul play or wildlife interactions, according to the park.

Griffin's daypack was found Dec. 25 about a half-mile from the trailhead. The park led a five-day search involving more than 20 people and search dog teams but found no other evidence.


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