Teen hiker missing in Glacier rescued Monday night
A 19-year-old hiker who went missing in Glacier National Park was found alive and rescued by Two Bear Air Rescue on Monday night.
Matthew David Read, of Dexter, Michigan, was reported missing to park rangers on Sunday. Read had reportedly set out around noon Friday to hike the Huckleberry Lookout Trail. His vehicle was located at the trailhead north of Apgar Sunday. Rangers began a ground-based search Sunday night. Their efforts were augmented Monday with more rangers, North Valley and Flathead Search and Rescue, Flathead County Sheriff’s deputies and U.S. Border Patrol agents. Whitefish-based Two Bear Air Rescue, a nonprofit that provides aerial support to search and rescue efforts, searched the area by helicopter Sunday and Monday.
On Sunday, Two Bear Air Pilot Rob Cherot located tracks in the snow presumed to be Read’s while flying a demo helicopter from a camera system company. He followed the tracks downhill until there was no longer snow on the ground, he said in a phone call Tuesday. After that, Two Bear Air’s on-call crew Monday flew the area in a Two Bear Air helicopter. After three daylight flights, Cherot said, the crew ultimately located