Search for missing hiker presumed dead will continue with dog teams


Search crews are continuing to look for Tatum Morell, the 23-year-old experienced hiker who has been missing since she set up a base camp in the Beartooth Mountains in early July intending to summit five peaks above 12,000 feet.

Over the weekend, Carbon County officials and Morell’s family announced their belief that Morell is no longer alive. 

On behalf of dog teams searching in the Beartooth Mountains this weekend, Red Lodge Fire Rescue is asking people, if possible, to avoid certain areas from Friday through Sunday. Those areas include Marker Lake, Ship Lake and the eastern faces of Sundance and Bowback Mountains. 

What is now essentially a recovery effort continued Tuesday when a helicopter crew with Two Bear Air Search and Rescue flew over and filmed a series of areas of interest. 

A Two Bear Air team and their helicopter are pictured.

Photo courtesy Red Lodge Fire Rescue

The last contact with Morell, made via a Garmin InReach satellite communicator, was on the night of July 1. The belief is that she left on July 2 and did not return. This was

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