Search-and-rescue teams located First Lt. Matthew Kraft's car Firday night as crews continue to search California's Sierra Nevada for the missing Camp Pendleton Marine, authorities said Saturday. A search team found the rental vehicle of First Lt. Matthew Kraft, the missing Camp Pendleton Marine who failed to return from a ski trip through California's rugged Sierra Nevada six days ago, authorities said Saturday. Crews located the Jeep Wrangler that Kraft parked before starting his backcountry trek on the Sierra High Route near Independence, Calif., on Feb. 23, said Inyo County Sheriff's spokeswoman Carma Roper. Kraft was scheduled to end the trip Monday or Tuesday of last week near Bridgeport, about 130 miles to the south. Kraft, with the 1st Marine Division, has had survival training, buoying hopes for the infantry officer's survival as the search heads into a seventh day.
A massive search was underway in the state's Sierra Nevada region for a Camp Pendleton Marine who apparently didn't return from a skiing and hiking trip that was scheduled to end earlier this week, authorities said. The search for 1st Lt. Mathew Kraft of 1st Marine Division began Monday. Kraft was reported missing after he "missed his return date" from his trip on the High Sierra Route, Marine officials said in a statement. The High Sierra Route is a trek that stretches almost 200 miles through the Sierra Nevada mountains -- from Kings Canyon National Park to northern Yosemite National Park. Authorities were searching for Kraft's rental vehicle: a gray two-door 2016 Jeep Wrangler presumably located near his trip's starting point near or around Independence in Inyo County.
Authorities who have intensively searched since March 4 for a Camp Pendleton Marine missing on a Sierra Nevada trek announced on Saturday that they are curtailing their efforts. Inyo County sheriff's officials said they will transition to a "limited continuous search status" until 1st Lt. Matthew Kraft, 24, from Washington, Conn., is found. The sheriff's website has posted updates on their search efforts through extreme weather conditions, but on Saturday officials said there will be no more updates after Monday. Kraft went missing after setting out on what he planned as a 10-day solo hiking and skiing trek across the Sierra High Route, which stretches from Kings Canyon National Park northward to Yosemite National Park. The 195-mile route, along elevations from 9,000 feet to 12,000 feet, is covered in deep snow during the winter.
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