Search for missing hiker, Quang Trong Than, in Kings Canyon National Park, limited streaming mode pass
September 6, 2022 – SEQUOIA AND KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARKS, California – Over the past 15 days, a search has been underway in Kings Canyon National Park and Inyo National Forest for Quang Trong Than, 66, of Newport Beach, California. Than’s search returns to limited streaming mode. This means that while the research continues, the large number of resources and personnel that have been devoted to this effort will be reduced. The search will remain in limited continuous mode until Than is found.
He was last seen on August 21 between 3 and 4 p.m. near the top of Split Mountain on the ridge of the Sierra Nevada, near the border between the national park and the national forest. Than separated from his group at the base of the summit. His plan was to hike one day to the top of Split Mountain and exit the same day via Inyo National Forest. He was not carrying night gear.
Searchers used a wide range of search techniques, including ground search and rescue, aerial searches by helicopter and unmanned aerial systems, infrared flights, canine search parties, trail containment and surveys. . Despite these efforts, Than’s whereabouts are unknown. Than’s route was extremely difficult and few other hikers were in the area. Concurrent searches were conducted by Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks and the Inyo County Sheriffs Department, with assistance from Inyo National Forest, Inyo County Search and Rescue, California National Guard, Sierra Madre Search and Rescue, Airforce Rescue Coordination Center, Tulare County and Los Angeles County Sheriffs Departments, Yosemite, Death Valley and Pinnacles National Parks, Civil Air Patrol, California Governor’s Office of Emergency Management and California Highway Patrol Inland Air Operations Division.
Than is 5ft 2in, Asian, weighs 145lbs, has gray hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a red backpack, blue hiking shirt, and gray hat. Anyone who was in the area where he was last seen on or about August 21 is asked to contact NPS Investigative Services at 888-653-0009 or [email protected]