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Ranger Randy Morgenson
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Ranger "Randy" Morgenson, 54, drowned while on a solo backcountry patrol in the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, California. Rangers began a search for Morgenson after failed to check in with dispatch at the regular time following the first day of the patrol. An intense search took place but was called off two weeks later due to lack of clues.
On Sunday, July 15th, 2001 four off-duty trail crew members found human remains in a stream drainage northeast of Window Peak, a remote, trailless area within Kings Canyon National Park. A pack and some equipment were found in the same area. Rangers and two teams of search dogs were flown to the site the next day. The search area focused on a stretch of stream drainage about a quarter mile north of the large lake east of Window Peak. Among the other items found were a park-issued portable radio and a ranger uniform shirt with a badge and Morgenson's name tag on it.

It's believed that Morgenson died due to an accidental fall while attempting to cross the stream. The place where the remains were found was within an area of high probability of discovery in the original search, and had in fact been checked numerous times by ground searchers and dog teams. It's likely that his body was not seen due to the high amount of runoff in the stream that summer.

Ranger Morgenson had been with the agency for 28 years and was survived by his wife.



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