Yosemite rangers ask for help in finding missing hiker

The Associated Press
Wednesday October 02, 2002

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK — A 66-year-old Arizona man has been missing from the park for the past 11 days, and rangers are asking for help in finding him. 

Walter H. Reinhard, of Oro Valley, Ariz., apparently started a hike from the White Wolf area on Sept. 20. His car was found at the trailhead Monday. 

Park Ranger Debbie Schweizer said he checked into an area hotel on Sept. 19, and was apparently going for a day hike. 

“We have credit card transactions that are from Sept. 19. Whatever might have gone wrong might have happened on the 20th. That’s why we’re asking for help from those who may have seen him. We want to keep every option open,” she said. 

Reinhard is an avid hiker, but not a frequent Yosemite visitor, Schweizer said. He was in California after returning from a hiking trip in Oregon. His family reported him missing on Sept. 29 after he did not return home, Schweizer said. 

Rangers are asking park visitors to call if they have seen Reinhard since Sept. 19. He is described as 5 feet 6 inches tall, weighing 145 pounds. He has blue eyes and graying brown hair. He may have been wearing a gray felt alpine hat with a narrow brim and leather hiking boots and a large fanny pack.