Hiker who grew up in Beavercreek goes missing along Pacific Crest Trail
BEAVERCREEK, Ohio (WRGT) - Rescuers are desperately working to find a missing hiker in the Pacific Northwest who has ties to the Miami Valley.
Kris Fowler grew up in Beavercreek and graduated from Beavercreek High School in 2000. Fowler has been hiking along the 2,650-mile Pacific Crest Trail since May and has been keeping friends and family updated of his progress by posting pictures of his long-distance hike. However, communication stopped on October 12. Family and friends say he was last seen in Packwood and Matches, Washington, on that day.
"The deal was every two weeks, but he would go no longer than three,” said Fowler’s mother Sally about his resent contact with his family. “He would at least post something on Facebook, send a text to me, his Dad, or call us or other friends, but he has been in communication the whole time, so there is something wrong, and the locals there think there is something really wrong, too."
According to people who last saw him, Fowler stated he was heading to the Snoqualmie Pass, which was about 100 miles away and has rough terrain. It's also partially covered in snow. According to Fowler's mother, her son is a strong and seasoned hiker. She and the rest of her family are hoping her son is "hunkered down somewhere and just cold and hungry."
A Facebook page has been created to help spread the word about the search for Fowler.