The Clallam County Coroner confirmed this afternoon that the human remains recovered from the park over the weekend are that of missing 22-year old Jacob Gray of Port Townsend, WA. The family has been notified.
Late Friday afternoon, August 10, a field crew of park employees and volunteers found abandoned outdoor recreation equipment and clothing in a very remote area near Hoh Lake in the Daniel J. Evans Wilderness of Olympic National Park. The clothing and equipment matched the description of items related to Gray.
Early Saturday morning, a team of park law enforcement rangers were sent to conduct a detailed search of the area. During their search, the team found additional clothing and human skeletal remains. The remains were transferred to the local medical examiner’s office and then to King County Medical Examiner’s Office for positive identification. A full report is still pending. Until then, this remains an open investigation and no further information is available.
“Our deepest sympathies go out to the Gray family and friends in this difficult time,” said Superintendent Sarah Creachbaum.
Gray left home on the evening of April 5, 2017. On the afternoon of April 6, Gray’s unattended bicycle and gear were found on the side of Sol Duc Road. Law enforcement rangers conducted a hasty search of the area which included the Sol Duc Riverbank. Larger interagency search efforts focused on the river corridor turned up no indication of his whereabouts.