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US Marine Lieutenant from Camp Pendleton misses after 10-day ski trip

Search and rescue teams looking for a missing marine after a planned back-country ski trip in the central California mountains found their car on Friday, but still have not located serviceman in the Inyo County Sheriff.First Lt. Matthew Kraft planned to hike the Kearsarge Pass track on February 24 and was scheduled to end his trip on March 4 or March 5 near Bridgeport, California, said Inyo County Sheriff Office in a press release.But when Kraft's father did not hear from his son, who is based at Camp Pendleton, he contacted him on March 4 in the Mono County Sheriff's Office.After the days of searching for tracks, Kraft's vehicles were located at Inyo Search and Rescue on Friday night near Lower Grays Meadows, near Independence, California, according to a press release issued on Saturday by the county sheriff.The rescue team took advantage of a snowcat "to riot and rescue teams on skis up to the Onion Valley parking lot" before another winter storm this weekend, according to the press release.The search expanded with Inyo County and Fresno County Sheriff's Office. California Highway Patrol, California Governor's Office of Emergency Services, Yosemite National Park, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, Madera County Sheriff Office, Marines Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center helps everyone in the search, with Fresno County Sheriff and Air National Guard provides antenna support.Authorities also seek help from the public and ask someone with information on Kraft's case to call Inyo County Sheriff Office at 760-878-0383, option 4; Mono County…

Search and rescue teams looking for a missing marine after a planned back-country ski trip in the central California mountains found their car on Friday, but still have not located serviceman in the Inyo County Sheriff.

First Lt. Matthew Kraft planned to hike the Kearsarge Pass track on February 24 and was scheduled to end his trip on March 4 or March 5 near Bridgeport, California, said Inyo County Sheriff Office in a press release.

But when Kraft’s father did not hear from his son, who is based at Camp Pendleton, he contacted him on March 4 in the Mono County Sheriff’s Office.

After the days of searching for tracks, Kraft’s vehicles were located at Inyo Search and Rescue on Friday night near Lower Grays Meadows, near Independence, California, according to a press release issued on Saturday by the county sheriff.

The rescue team took advantage of a snowcat “to riot and rescue teams on skis up to the Onion Valley parking lot” before another winter storm this weekend, according to the press release.

The search expanded with Inyo County and Fresno County Sheriff’s Office. California Highway Patrol, California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, Yosemite National Park, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, Madera County Sheriff Office, Marines Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center helps everyone in the search, with Fresno County Sheriff and Air National Guard provides antenna support.

Authorities also seek help from the public and ask someone with information on Kraft’s case to call Inyo County Sheriff Office at 760-878-0383, option 4; Mono County Sheriff Office at 760-932-7549, Option 7; or Fresno County Sheriff Office at 559-600-8400.

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