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MISSING HIKER FOUND DEAD IN YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK

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Searchers have found the body of a 53-year-old man who was reported missing in Yellowstone National Park.

Jeff Murphy, 53, of Batavia, Illinois, was found dead Friday from an apparent fall on Turkey Ten Peak near the North Entrance of the park. The search was launched Thursday, the day after Murphy did not return from a day hike.

At its peak, the search involved eight hiking teams, five dog teams, four horse teams and a helicopter.

“All of us at Yellowstone extend our sympathy to the Murphy family for their tragic loss,” said Superintendent Dan Wenk.

The Rescue Creek Trail, which had been closed due to this search, has re-opened. However, visitors should anticipate temporary closures in the area until the investigation is complete.