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Elusive backpacker still a mystery at Crater Lake

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 6, 2014 at 6:18 pm •  Published: August 6, 2014

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — Officials at Crater Lake National Park are still wondering what happened to a backpacker who eluded a ranger after scrambling down the caldera wall of the ancient volcano.

They don't want to prosecute the man, they just want to make sure he is OK, spokeswoman Marsha McCabe said Wednesday.

A ranger talked to him Friday north of Discovery Point, McCabe said. The hiker gave a name that proved to be false, and he said he once lived in Bend.

A short time later the ranger saw him scrambling down the caldera wall, which towers over the lake. The ranger went after him but lost him in the trees.

Searchers later came up with only a pair of sunglasses.

The hiker apparently continued along the Pacific Crest Trail. His description was posted to the trail Facebook page, along with a plea for information. He was described as a white man about 40 years old, about 5-foot-10, 150 pounds, with long dirty blond hair and a full beard. One arm had a sleeve tattoo. He was wearing a black knee brace on one leg and an elastic bandage from the knee to the angle on the other. He was carrying a blue backpack.

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