Search Continues for University of Washington Professor Missing on Mount Rainer, WA Since Friday

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A University of Washington anthropology professor has been missing since Friday, Oct. 9, after he went for a hike on the Mother Mountain Loop out of the Mowich Lake Trailhead in Mount Rainer National Park, according to the Park. He was supposed to be back on Saturday but failed to show, according to tweets from his sisters.

Sam Dubal, 33, of Seattle, is about 5 feet 9 inches tall and 155 pounds, has black hair and a short black beard and might be wearing a blue jacket, according to a description shared by the park. He joined UW’s Department of Anthropology as an assistant professor in June, the Seattle Times reports.

“He’s just a lovely human being, extremely kind and nice and a clear thinker so we’re just really concerned about him because he’s a trusted friend and colleague,” Dr. Krishna Prabhu said, a friend of Dubal’s from medical school.

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Dubal was reported missing on Monday after he failed to show for an appointment and park rangers sent several teams out, two of which continued searching through the night with an Air Force helicopter with a forward-looking infrared radar, according to a Tuesday statement from the park.

A ground search continued Tuesday with six search teams, despite heavy rain in the area, the Seattle Times reports. At least 25 people were searching on the ground. Rescue teams are optimistic they will find Dubal alive.

“A well-prepared hiker in the area where Mr. Dubal went missing can very easily wait out a storm,” Kevin Bacher of the National Park Service said.

Anyone who was hiking in the area and might have information leading to Dubal’s rescue is asked to call the tip line at 360-569-6684.


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