People have been disappearing inside US National Parks at an alarming rate, with at least 10 vanishing never to be seen again since 2016, data examined by The Post shows.
One was a hiker whose last message was to his son, telling him he was on his way to Yosemite National Park.
Another got separated from his group during a nine-day excursion through the stifling Grand Canyon heat.
A young river tour guide, with his whole life ahead of him, also vanished during a group trip.
“No trace of man missing on Colorado River in Grand Canyon,” reads a local news headline from the time.
At least 1180 people were reported missing from US National Parks between 2018 and the first two months of 2023, according to records obtained by The Post via a Freedom of Information Act request.
Most were located safe and well, often with the help of search and rescue teams. Others were found injured or dead either from suicide or accidents, but a small number of disappearances can’t be explained at all.
A Post examination of the data showed had more deaths, missing persons reports and suicides compared to any other park.
One death with no easy explanation is Charles Lyon, who has not been seen in just over two years.
The 49-year-old from Tyler, Texas, was last seen at a Best Western motel in Tusayan, Arizona, on June 10, 2021.
His car was found around the Grand Canyon’s South Rim the next day, and police believed he was alone.
Jonghyon Won saw a similar fate in September 2017, when his car was found parked at the South Rim of Arizona’s Grand Canyon National Park.
The 45-year-old did not tell anyone about his plans to be in the area, and was never seen again, the NPS reported.
Florida teacher Floyd E. Roberts III disappeared from Grand Canyon National Park on June 17, 2016, while hiking with a group for a nine-day excursion, police said.
The area had been rocked by extreme heat when the 52-year-old was separated from his group.
Roberts — who WFLA described as a business technology and web design teacher for a Florida middle school — was last seen in a remote portion of the western Grand Canyon, near Kelly Tank, heading toward the Shanley Spring area.
With no body recovered, explaining their sudden disappearances isn’t easy.
Some who fall into the canyon are not found for years, as in the case of Scott Walsh, who disappeared in 2015 but his body wasn’t found until 2021.
Harder to explain is the disappearance of 22-year-old Morgan Heimer.
In June 2015 he was guiding a tour group through an area of the Colorado River near Pumpkin Springs when he also vanished.