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Yellowstone National Park search crews look for ex-Navy SEAL after he went missing on canoe trip


Yellowstone National Park search-and-rescue crew looks for ‘hero’ ex-Navy SEAL, 74, after he went missing on canoe trip with brother, 67, who has since been found dead

  • Seventy-four-year-old Kim Crumbo, from Utah, and his half-brother Mark O’Neill went on a four-night trip to Shoshone Lake in Yellowstone but failed to return 
  • On Sunday, a relative reported them missing. On Monday rescuers found O’Neill’s body in the eastern side of the lake along with a canoe and paddle
  • A vacant campsite was found in the south side of the lake, where survival time in the water is just 20 to 30 minutes
  • Ten search-and-recue personnel and crew from Grand Teton National Park are searching for Crumbo by foot, helicopter and boat at Shoshone Lake 


A former Navy Seal is missing after going on a trip to Yellowstone National Park with his half-brother, who was found dead next in the Wyoming part of the park. 

A relative of 74-year-old ‘hero’ Kim Crumbo, from Utah, reported him and his half-brother Mark O’Neill, from Washington, missing on Sunday when they failed to return on time from their four-night camping trip to Shoshone Lake. 

On Monday, rescuers found O’Neill’s body in the eastern shore along with a canoe and paddle. The official cause of his death has not been disclosed yet. He was 67.

On the south side of the lake, rescuers also found a vacant campsite.  

Ten search-and-recue personnel and crew from Grand Teton National Park are searching for Crumbo.  

‘Park search and rescue personnel continue to look for Crumbo by foot, helicopter and boat at Shoshone Lake and will continue for the next several days as conditions warrant,’ read a Wednesday update from Yellowstone Park. 

Seventy-four-year-old ‘hero’ Kim Crumbo is being searched by rescue crew at Yellowstone National Park after he went missing in a canoe trip with his half-brother Mark O’Neill, 67. O’Neill was found dead by the lake 

Shoshone lake, the second largest lake in the park, presents strenuous conditions, with low temperatures, sudden high winds and storms. Crumbo and O'Neill were experienced campers

Shoshone lake, the second largest lake in the park, presents strenuous conditions, with low temperatures, sudden high winds and storms. Crumbo and O’Neill were experienced campers 

On Monday, rescuers found O'Neill's body in the eastern shore along with a canoe and paddle. On the south side of the lake, rescuers also found a vacant campsite

On Monday, rescuers found O’Neill’s body in the eastern shore along with a canoe and paddle. On the south side of the lake, rescuers also found a vacant campsite 

Conditions in the lake, the second largest in the park, are strenuous with low temperatures, sudden high winds and storms. Survival time in the lake’s usual temperature of 48 degrees is just 20 to 30 minutes.  

A friend and colleague of Crumbo told the New York Post that she remained hopeful he was alive. 

‘He’s a monumental hero and legend of a man. We can’t bring ourselves to believe he wouldn’t emerge from this,’ Kelly Burke told the outlet. 

Crumbo and O’Neill were both expert boaters and retired National Park Service employees at the Arizona Grand Canyon. 

Both Crumbo and O'Neill were experienced wildlife adventurers. They were retired National Park Service employees at the Arizona Grand Canyon

Both Crumbo and O’Neill were experienced wildlife adventurers. They were retired National Park Service employees at the Arizona Grand Canyon

Yellowstone National Park said that ten search-and-recue personnel and crew from Grand Teton National Park are searching for Crumbo

Yellowstone National Park said that ten search-and-recue personnel and crew from Grand Teton National Park are searching for Crumbo

Crumbo served two tours in Vietnam in his four years in the Navy and worked as a ranger and river guide for decades. Before his retirement in 1996,  Crumbo founded a council to protect species and ecosystems. 

He also contributed to The Salt Lake Tribune as a contributor on matters of wildlife.

John Davis, executive director of the Rewilding Institute, where Crumbo is a board member, told the Salt Lake: ‘He is one of North America’s strongest wilderness and wildlife advocates for decades.’

‘He is a core part of our Rewilding team,’ Davis said. ‘We are hoping against hope that he defies the odds, again, and turns up alive.’

Authorities in the park have said that while they won’t comment on the active search and investigation, they ask the public to maintain distance from any law enforcement personnel, equipment, vehicles and their related activity for the safety of the public in this remote area.

In his biography on Voices For America’s Wildlife, Crumbo said that he acquired a love and curiosity for wildlife during his military years and that it was his grandfather, also a Navy veteran, who introduced him to the mountains of Utah.  

In his biography on Voices For America's Wildlife, Crumbo said that he acquired a love and curiosity for wildlife during his military years

In his biography on Voices For America’s Wildlife, Crumbo said that he acquired a love and curiosity for wildlife during his military years

The park has asked the public to maintain distance from the active investigation at the park as they continue their search for Crumbo

The park has asked the public to maintain distance from the active investigation at the park as they continue their search for Crumbo 

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