John Devine - Strange disappearances from U.S. national parks

John Devine, disappeared September 7th, 1997, Olympic National Park, Washington State.

John Devine was a 73-year-old hiker who lived in Sequim and  visited the Olympic National Park in Washington on September 7th, 1997. He was said to be an experienced hiker and had intended to go to climb 6,796-foot-high Mount Baldy in Olympic National Forest using the extremely steep and rugged Maynard Burn Trail. 

He failed to show up after the hike as planned and family reported him missing to the authorities.

Mount Baldy, Olympic national park

During the search a Bell 205A-1 rescue helicopter crashed killed three people and injured five at the 5,000-foot level of Mount Baldy, 20 miles south of Port Angeles. It fell shortly after taking off from the mountainside. Kevin Johnston, 35, the pilot, Rita McMahon, 52, a search volunteer who trained dogs to help with rescue missions and Taryn Hoover, 31, a seasonal park employee were killed and several others seriously injured. . 

Maynard Burn trail Olympic national park

Meanwhile, officials said the chances of finding John  alive had dropped sharply as snow and cold have swept through the mountainous area. The area was steep and rugged with super thick bushes. Sgt. Don Kelly of the Clallam County Sheriff's Office, which coordinated the search with the National Park Service, said  "If he was walking around up there, we would have found him by now."

Unfortunately John Devine was never found. Another strange disappearance in the Olympic National park.