Missing Yellowstone camper found dead as search goes on for half-brother, rangers say
A Washington man on a camping trip in Yellowstone was found dead Monday, park officials said.
Mark O'Neill, a 67-year-old from Chimacum, planned to spend four nights with his half-brother in upstate Yellowstone. The two wanted to go to Shoshone Lake, the second largest lake in the park.
Shoshone Lake has an average temperature of about 48 degrees year-round, according to the National Park Service. People could only survive in the water for about 30 minutes.
Family members reported the brothers as overdue on Sunday, and park rangers began looking.
"Park crews found a vacant campsite with equipment on the south side of Lake Shoshone, as well as a canoe, paddle, PFD and other personal belongings on the east bank of the lake."
On Monday morning, crews found O'Neill's body on the east bank of the lake, rangers said.
Search and rescue officials are now looking for his half-brother, 74-year-old Kim Crumbo, who was visiting from Ogden, Utah. Both O'Neill and Crumbo worked for the National Park Service, and Crumbo is a former Navy Seal, park officials said.
Authorities said they are conducting an investigation.
"While we cannot comment on the details of this investigation, we will provide updates as necessary," park officials said. "We ask the public to keep their distance from law enforcement personnel, equipment, vehicles and their associated activities to keep the public safe in this remote area and to protect the integrity of our work."
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