Drake Cramer - Strange disappearances from U.S. national parks

Drake Cramer - Strange disappearances from U.S. national parks

Drake L. Kramer, disappeared February 1st 2015, Grand Canyon National Park

Drake Cramer disappearance Grand Canyon National Park

21 year old, Drake Cramer 21, of San Antonio, was enrolled to study geology at the University of Texas. 

He was last seen on Sunday, February 1st, 2015 in the vicinity of the Bright Angel Lodge on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon National Park.  He was reported missing the next day by his parents, Robin and Brenda Kramer.

South rim Grand Canyon national park

Drake stayed the night as a guest at the lodge, checking out the next morning. He sent his family a strange text message before his disappearance in which he said “he had to give his body to Mother Earth.”. The family were surprised he had driven to California and then on to the canyon. They last saw him on January 29th, when they went to see the film American Sniper and he was reported to be “He was in good spirits,” according to Kramer’s father. It was very unlike him to travel to the wilderness alone but he had been to the Grand Canyon area 2-3 times before. However, he was very experienced in the outdoors.

Drake Cramer disappearance Grand Canyon

Park rangers and search and rescue teams searched the South Rim area from Hermit’s Rest on the West Side to Grandview on the East for around six days. The Park service said, “Teams of searchers have walked miles along the canyon rim, searched heavily forested areas, utilised dog teams, performed several over the rim technical searches, and conducted multiple aerial reconnaissance missions to support ground searchers.” But the search was to no avail.

Rangers said, "while the weather with daytime temperatures in the 60s has been good , the terrain being searched – flat on top of the rim, but rocky and unstable just off the edge – can be a challenge. There’s trees down there, there’s shrubs, there’s rocks; the canyon walls are often shaded depending on the time of day. It’s just a real mix of terrain, which does make it difficult to work in.”

Drake's enigmatic text message to his parents of his desire to return to Mother Earth may have just been a reference to a need to escape to the outdoors. However, it is unusual in this area of the South Rim of Grand Canyon that no sign of him or his remains have been found.