Canyonlands National Park

Canyonlands National Park officials ask for public's help in locating missing hiker

By Carter Williams, | Updated - Mar 14th, 2019 @ 5:51pm | Posted - Mar 14th, 2019 @ 11:24am

MOAB — Park rangers are asking for the public’s help in locating a missing hiker at Canyonlands National Park.

Park officials said they are looking for Jonathan Hogue, 33, who they say is a hiker and backpacker known to hike long distances, including routes off trail.

The Moab Sun News reports Hogue is a doctoral student at the University of Iowa. His mother told the paper that she didn't know Hogue was in Utah and he was last heard from Sunday afternoon.

It also wasn't known where Hogue planned to hike at Canyonlands. Park officials are asking anyone who was in the area of the Green River Overlook at Island in the Sky between Sunday and Thursday morning to contact the National Park Service's Investigative Services Branch.

Hogue is described as white, 5 feet 10 inches tall, and weighing approximately 180 pounds. He has brown hair and blue eyes, and a tattoo on his bicep with the words “ninja penguin.”

Anyone who may have seen Hogue over the past few days is encouraged to call or text the Investigative Services Branch tip line at 888-653-0009 or submit a tip online here.


Editor's note: An earlier version of this story had an incorrect phone number for the Investigative Services Branch tip line. Canyonlands National Park has since corrected the phone number and this story has been updated accordingly.

Carter Williams

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