Deaths In Yellowstone Park Investigated - KULR-8 Television, Billings, MT

Deaths In Yellowstone Park Investigated

Posted: Updated:
BILLINGS -

Officials with Yellowstone National Park announced there were two deadly incidents within the area this week.

The first incident involved 23-year-old Joseph Parker. Parker, a Georgia man working in Gardiner at the time of the incident, was hiking alone to a mountain peak in the northwestern portion of the park, and was last heard from at around 2:30p.m.

Friends who received his call said Parker was below the summit of Electric Peak, but was hiking down the peak due to lightning. Friends reported Parker missing about 7:30 p.m., and his body was found Thursday morning, below the Electric Peak summit.

The second incident happened Wednesday, near the Nez Perce Picnic Ground in the Mud Volcano area. Park officials said a 73-year-old angler was fishing in the Yellowstone River when witnesses say he lost his footing, while trying to cross the river in chest-deep water. The angler was carried by the waters for about 200 yards, in swift current, before a park visitor pulled the man out.

Park rangers, as well as medical staff, were notified and responded, but the angler could not be revived.

The angler's identity has not been released, as officials notify members of his family. Both men's deaths are under investigation.

  • LocalMore>>

  • Troopers Investigate Roll-over Crash

    Troopers Investigate Roll-over Crash

    Troopers Investigate Roll-over Crash

    Monday, April 21 2014 12:48 AM EDT2014-04-21 04:48:44 GMT
    Montana Highway Patrol troopers are investigating a roll-over accident that occurred on Blue Creek Road Saturday night.
    Montana Highway Patrol troopers are investigating a roll-over accident that occurred on Blue Creek Road Saturday night.
  • Traffic Reopens After Head-on Crash

    Traffic Reopens After Head-on Crash

    Traffic Reopens After Head-on Crash

    Sunday, April 20 2014 8:09 PM EDT2014-04-21 00:09:49 GMT
    A 70-year-old man was taken to the hospital Saturday night after a head-on crash at King Avenue West and 32nd Street West.
    A 70-year-old man was taken to the hospital Saturday night after a head-on crash at King Avenue West and 32nd Street West.
  • Serving More than Food

    Serving More than Food

    Sunday, April 20 2014 7:54 PM EDT2014-04-20 23:54:38 GMT
    Montana Rescue Mission's annual Easter Dinner was a success, according to Sheila Cole, Volunteer Coordinator for Montana Rescue Mission.
    Montana Rescue Mission's annual Easter Dinner was a success, according to Sheila Cole, Volunteer Coordinator for Montana Rescue Mission.