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Central Sierra Nevada

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Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks
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47050 Generals Highway
Three Rivers, CA 93271

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Marine reported missing from recreational ski trip

Central Sierra Nevada Search and Rescue
News – 3/8/2019

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – 1st Lt. Matthew Kraft has been reported missing to local law enforcement after missing his return date from a backcountry skiing trip on the Sierra High Route. Kraft’s itinerary began out of the Kearsarge Pass trailhead Feb. 23 and was scheduled to end March 4 or 5 near Bridgeport, California.

The Mono County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue team began a search on March 4. The search has expanded and is now a joint operation with Inyo County Sheriff’s Office, Mono County Sheriff’s Office, and Fresno County Sheriff’s Office. Other assisting agencies include California Highway Patrol, California Office of Emergency Services, Yosemite National Park, Sequoia and Kings National Park, Madera County Sheriff’s Office, and the Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center. Aerial support has been provided by Fresno County Sheriff, CHP H-80, CHP H-40, and the Air National Guard.

Law enforcement agencies are also searching for the Marine’s rental vehicle, a gray 2016 Jeep Wrangler 2-door, assumed to be located at his trip’s start point in vicinity of Independence, California.

Individuals with any information regarding Kraft’s whereabouts should immediately contact Inyo County Sheriff’s Office at (760) 878-0383, option 4; Mono County Sheriff’s Office at (760) 932-7549, option 7; or Fresno County Sheriff’s Office at (559) 600-8400.

For additional queries, please contact the 1st Marine Division press officer Capt. Paul Gainey at (760) 725-9226 or email