WA WA - Gavin Johnston, 28, hiker, Pacific Coast Trail, Skykomish, 18 Oct 2018

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  1. TatianaBarbie

    TatianaBarbie Well-Known Member

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    That article included this statement:

    Does anyone know of any other missing people from that area of Washington?
     
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  2. GraceG

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    The Washington State Patrol currently has SIXTY ONE missing adults in Washington. That doesn't include the many homeless in the area (my family lives in Washington, the number of homeless in the state is some of the highest in the country). Missing Persons - WSP
     
  3. JEMB135

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    There are hundreds listed on Charley Project :( for all of Washington state. I wonder if there’s a site on which you can search within King County.

    Has any additional info on the skull fragment been released? Sex, age, ethnicity, etc.?


    ETA: Kris Fowler (aka Sherpa), a missing PCT hiker?
     
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    It would be great if Kris Fowler's family could finally get closure. That is such a sad story as he seemed to be truly beloved. I still see missing signs for him all the time when hiking.

    That said, it seems less likely that this is a missing PCT hiker based on the location, which was a few dozen miles west of any point on the PCT.
     
  5. JEMB135

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    Is there a thread for the piece of the skull, “Reiter Pit Doe”? Nothing came up for me in my search, but I could’ve missed it.
     
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    Trying to Track His Gear could lead to possible clues if it’s not too late.
    Checking local Craigslist ads for Hiking Gear For Sale that matches Gavin’s new purchased gear also posting photos of his Gear in Trail Forums Lost & Found Threads might turn up clues to his last location.

     
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    I don't think I've seen one. I'll start it later and post a link--remind me if it doesn't show up in the next couple of days.
     
  8. GraceG

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    Based on the description I read, I don't think the piece is big enough to get sex unless the supraorbital ridge is included. Thickness can, however, help with gender (male skulls being thicker (something I learned from being married not from training as a forensic anthropologist :) As for age, you'd have to have a big enough piece to study the sutures of the skull. (A suture is a type of fibrous joint that is only found in the skull). The closure of sagittal, coronal, lambdoid, parieto-mastoid, parieto-temporal (squamous) and baso-occiput with baso-sphenoid suture can be compared to textbook data to get an approximate age, but to get a really accurate stab at the age you'd need sagittal suture, next lambdoid suture and then coronal suture which would not be present in the piece of skull found if it's as described. Also since it was found in water, as I stated earlier in the thread, it's highly unlikely he would have been skeletonized so soon given the water and how decomp occurs in cold water in wintertime.
     
  9. PommyMommy

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    I didn't find a thread either but as of six weeks ago, the Snohomish County ME still had not determined the identity of the individual. See comments: Snohomish County Medical Examiner's Office

    Also, latest media release (pg 5): https://snohomishcountywa.gov/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/6143 from Medical Examiner | Snohomish County, WA - Official Website
     
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  10. PommyMommy

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    Google Maps
    Yes, you can search here: The National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs)

    There are currently 194 missing persons reported for King County prior to Oct 20, 2018, but not all missing persons are included on NamUs.
    Reminder. :)
     
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    Thanks, PommyMommy. I stand reminded.
     
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    Appears as of Easter they are still looking for him with updated flyer

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    Unfortunately, with the gear he purchased (emergency sleeping bag good for perhaps 1 or 2 nights, lightweight jacket, and poncho), he wouldn't have survived two nights in the late fall temperatures down in the 20's, let alone a whole winter. I've hiked that area, growing up in Washington. If you don't haul it in there is really no shelter. I do hope they find him to bring him home to his loving family for closure.
     
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    Gavin is featured in this video. IMO nobody should attempt a solo PCT hike because there truly is "safety in numbers".

    Stevens Pass and the surrounding area, for miles and miles, is a vast mountainous wilderness area with wild animals, mountain lakes, rivers and streams, harsh elements and cliffs etc. I know this area very, very well. It is stunningly beautiful but very vast and very rugged wilderness. I am not too far from there and have hiked some areas within and about the surrounding 30 miles. For an inexperienced hiker I can only imagine what challenges, or threats, he met with. I hope his family gets closure someday. Unless Gavin harmed himself or intentionally went missing I would say chances are quite high that he may not be found for years to come, if ever.
     
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    Gavin James Johnston
    NamUs #MP55604

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    Missing Age 28 Years
    Current Age 28 Years
    Height 5' 9" (69 Inches)
    Weight 150 - 165 lbs
    Race / Ethnicity White / Caucasian
    Hair Color Brown
    Head Hair Description Thick hair; may wear short or let it grow 3-4 inches
    Facial Hair Description Facial hair is reddish brown; may have a mustache, goatee or full beard
    Eye Color Blue
    Eye Description May be wearing tinted blue contacts; occasionally wears glasses

    Clothing and Accessories
    Gavin purchased gear from Cabela’s before he went missing. He would be carrying a 70 pound external-frame backpack with him with the following items:
    • Red & black Midland AM/FM radio
    • Orange Therm-a-Rest EvoLite sleeping pad
    • Blue Cabela Orion 3 season 2 person tent
    • Vaprtrek hunting boots
    • Gore-tex gloves
    • Apex Risor jacket
    • Carhartt dark blue beanie
    • 2 yellow ponchos
    • 2 emergency sleeping bags
    • Hiking poles
    • Camp cooking utensils
    Transportation His vehicle was located at the at the Stevens Pass Lodge.
    Date of Last Contact October 18, 2018
    NamUs Case Created February 21, 2019
    Last Known Location Map
    Location Skykomish, Washington 98288
    County King County

    Circumstances of Disappearance Gavin was last seen by family members when he left home in Everett, WA the afternoon of October 17, 2018 to hike on the Pacific Crest Trail at Stevens Pass. The last confirmed siting of Gavin was around 5 p.m. on October 18, 2018 at the Skykomish Ranger Station where he purchased a map. Gavin is not an experienced hiker.

    The National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs)
     

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