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Rangers continue to look for missing Kayaker in Grand Teton National Park

UPDATE June 17, 2024 4:00 p.m.: GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (KIFI) - Rangers at Grand Teton National Park continue to look for a missing Minnesota man.

They posted that Wesley Dopkins, 43, of St. Paul, was last seen on Saturday, June 15, 2024, in the mid-afternoon. He was paddling on Jackson Lake from Elk Island towards Waterfalls Canyon, they said. Dopkids was wearing a long sleeve blue shirt, red ball cap and shorts. His Oru folding kayak, paddle and dry bag were found floating off Moose Island on Jackson Lake.

If you have any information or see Dopkins, please contact the Grand Teton National Park tip line at 1-888-653-0009

GRAND TETON (KIFI)-Grand Teton National Park rangers are asking the public for assistance in locating a kayaker missing on Jackson Lake since yesterday.

Rangers are attempting to locate a 43-year-old male from St Paul, MN who was last seen kayaking on Jackson Lake with a friend on Saturday, June 15. The two individuals departed Colter Bay around midday with an intended destination of Waterfalls Canyon on the west shore of Jackson Lake. After losing sight of the missing person at approximately 2 p.m., the missing person’s friend attempted to return to Colter Bay but was unable to do so due to high winds (gusts were up to 25 mph, with water temperatures of less than 45 degrees), and instead landed at Leeks Marina where he reported the situation.

Grand Teton National Park rangers commenced a search by boat and the Teton County Search and Rescue helicopter. At around 8 p.m. they located the missing person’s Oru folding kayak, paddle, and dry bag floating off of Moose Island.

The search for the missing person continues this morning by water, on the ground with a focus on Moose Island and by air.

The missing person was last seen wearing a red ball cap with the NASA Kennedy Space Center logo, a blue t-shirt, and black shorts. He was not wearing a personal floatation device (PFD).

Anyone who may have seen the missing person or his possible belongings is urged to contact the Teton Interagency Dispatch Center at (307) 739-3301.

(This story is from a Grand Teton National Park facebook post)

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