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Wife of missing hiker posting fliers on trail heads

Wife of missing hiker posting fliers on trail heads



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DUCHESNE — Searchers continued looking for missing Australian hiker Eric Robinson Saturday, and his wife said she has been posting fliers on trail heads hoping somebody has seen her husband.

"Nobody has given us any sightings of Eric since the 30th of July," said the hiker's wife, Marilyn Koolstra. "Whilst he's now six days overdue, it's really been two weeks since there's been anything. Needless to say we're very concerned now."


Whilst he's now six days overdue, it's really been two weeks since there's been anything. Needless to say we're very concerned now.

–Marilyn Koolstra


Robinson, 63, is described as an avid hiker. He set out July 28, intending for his hike of the 60-mile Highline Trail to last 10 days. The Duchesne County Sheriff's Office has been searching the area for the past four days, using horses, a helicopter and a volunteer force of hikers.

Two of the searchers are Robinson's friends; the rest of the searchers are complete strangers to the hiker and his family, who are half a world from home. "The generosity of people here is overwhelming," she said Saturday afternoon. "The searchers are people I don't know."

The sheriff's office offered no updates Saturday. Koolstra said she has been in regular contact with the sheriff's office but that there have been no tangible clues yet. "His phone hasn't been used. His beacon hasn't gone off. His tent or his backpack haven't been spotted."

Koolstra said she has been posting fliers on trail heads, hoping other hikers in the the seasonally crowded mountains can offer some information searchers can use.

Email: sfidel@ksl.com

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