Mysteries

People Who Have Disappeared In US National Parks 

Mel Judson
Updated February 25, 2020 227.1k views 20 items

The list of people who have mysteriously vanished in American national parks is shocking. US national parks are known for being majestic safe havens for wildlife, hikers, and families. Yet, as this shocking list shows, numerous men, women, and children have disappeared in some of the most beautiful and respected national parks in the United States. Where are these missing persons? What happened to them? Are America's national parks safe or are these national park disappearances something you should worry about?

These are the questions Americans will have about their national parks thanks to this offbeat list of people who were last seen en route to a national park. From Great Smoky Mountains National Park to Kings Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park, conspiracy theories abound.

Friends and families are not the only ones worried about missing people like Warren Ward or Katherine Truitt, as some park rangers have even suspended searches without the mystery being solved. How many United States national parks disappearances have there been? Read on to learn more.

Joshua Jacobsen
Joshua Jacobsen is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list People Who Have Disappeared In US National Parks
Photo:  Merk/Pixabay/Public Domain

On July 31, 2015, the search for 39-year-old Joshua Jacobsen of Laurel, NE, was officially suspended by park rangers. He supposedly entered Badlands National Park on July 12. In September 2015, a body found in a ravine was positively identified as Jacobsen.

Morgan Heimer
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On June 2, 2015, Morgan Heimer disappeared in the Grand Canyon. Park rangers began a search for the 22-year-old, but after six days, they had not been able to to find him. Heimer was a guide on Grand Canyon river rafting trips.

Michael Dahl
Michael Dahl is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list People Who Have Disappeared In US National Parks
Photo: National Park Service/Public Domain

Michael Dahl mysteriously vanished in Yosemite National Park on March 23, 2015. A few days later, he was found by a family from Santa Rosa, CA. He was alive but badly injured.

Drake Kramer
Drake Kramer is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list People Who Have Disappeared In US National Parks
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In February 2015, 21-year-old Drake Kramer of Texas disappeared. He told his father he was taking a solo trip to Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona and needed to "be back with Mother Earth." 

That was the last time his father ever saw him. Kramer has been missing ever since.