Aug 4, 2015

Yellowstone search efforts scaled back after turning up no sign of missing 21-year-old

After nine days of unsuccessful searching, Yellowstone National Park officials scaled back their search for a 21-year-old man who was swept away by the Yellowstone River.

At the time of the July 23 incident, Feiyang “Isaac” Xiang had been swimming with a couple friends near the Yellowstone River's confluence with Hellroaring Creek. Xiang, a seasonal concessionaire employee from China, was last seen struggling to stay afloat in the swiftly flowing river.

Park officials immediately launched a search effort that included close to 100 people searching on foot, with dogs and by air. However, having still found no sign of Xiang, park officials decided to scale back the operation on Saturday.

“The park is continuing limited, periodic searches of the river corridor downstream from where Xiang disappeared,” Yellowstone officials said in a Tuesday news release, saying the searches will be incorporated into routine backcountry patrols, research operations and wildlife monitoring flights.

Flyers have been posted on trailheads and other access points, asking anglers and hikers in the area to look for any signs of the missing man. Raft companies, fishing guides, and other recreational river users outside Yellowstone have also been given information about Xiang.

Xiang and two friends had been swimming in the river when he was pulled from shore, park officials said. His friends couldn't pull him back and he disappeared in a long stretch of rapids.

Xiang is described as 5 feet, 6 inches tall, 140 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. Anyone with information regarding his whereabouts is asked to call Yellowstone National Park at 307-344-2643.

The confluence of Hellroaring Creek and the Yellowstone River, near where a 21-year-old man went missing.


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