Mount Rainier National Park rangers had two missing hikers on their hands Wednesday, one believed to be in the Longmire area, the other near Paradise.
The Longmire hiker, Vincent Djie, was last seen sometime Friday, June 19. The 25-year-old Indonesian student lives in Seattle, Djie was said to be hiking the Van Trump Trail toward Mildred Point. When he failed to return home that night, he was reported missing to the Sherriff’s Office.
On Monday the sheriff’s office issued a BOLO alert, “Be on the lookout,” and Djie’s car was located at Longmire. Djie was wearing black pants, and a blue-and-white tie-dye shirt, and carrying a small drawstring-type bag, a park release said. If you have any information regarding his current location, please call (360) 569-6683.
Park rangers and volunteers from the Tacoma Mountain Rescue were conducting ground and aerial searches, as well as utilizing Forward Looking Infrared Rader, or FLIR, to detect any heat signatures being emitted in the area. Currently, most park trails are melted out to approximately 5,000 feet elevation, with patchy snow on trails and drainages at lower elevations.
The second search started Monday after another Seattle resident, Talal Sabbagh, 27, was reported missing after planning a hike from Paradise on Sunday. Rangers located his vehicle in the parking lot at Paradise. A hasty search was conducted on Monday resulting in no sign of Sabbagh. He was last seen wearing a gray shirt, black shorts, and dark Nike shoes. If you have any information regarding his current location, please call (360) 569-6683.