Body Found in Olympic National Park Likely Missing Hiker

A body found in Olympic National Park is believed to be missing hiker Zach Krull. The body was discovered by a hiker Saturday night. The Peninsula Daily News reports the body was recovered Sunday by a ranger-led team from an area by a creek near Flapjack Lakes, about 2 miles north of Lake Cushman.

The body was flown to Sanderson Field in Shelton and turned over to Mason County Coroner Wes Stockwell who will use dental records to make a positive identification.

Krull, a 20-year-old from Livingston, N.J., had just started his freshman year at The Evergreen State College and failed to return from a camping trip in the Staircase Campground in early April.

On April 14, search and rescue crews found a week-old set of tracks that went through an area hit by an avalanche. It wasn’t known if the tracks belonged to Krull, but officials scaled back search efforts shortly after that discovery.

Stockwell told the newspaper gear discovered with the body makes him believe it is Krull but he needs to confirm the identity. Stockwell also said it is too early to know cause of death.