(Moose, Wyo.) - Teton Interagency Dispatch received a call at approximately 10 a.m. on Thursday, August 4, regarding a report of a missing person. The missing person, 16-year old female Fauna Jackson, a member of Groundwork USA, was working on a service project in the park. Jackson was last seen by her coworkers at approximately 8:45 a.m.
near their work location in the park, on the
east side of US Highway 89, north of Triangle X Ranch. According to
statements by her coworkers Jackson did not return from a short bathroom
Rangers immediately did a hasty search of the area, with no evidence of
Jackson. Ground search crews, aerial recognizance by an interagency
helicopter, dog search teams, and vehicle and engine road patrols were
initiated. Missing person posters were also distributed throughout the
The Wyoming Civil Air Patrol will assist the investigation with anticipated
aerial patrols tonight. The aerial patrols will use forward looking
infrared imaging (FLIR) to detect sources imitating heat on the ground.
Additional crews will arrive early Friday morning
to assist with ground and vehicle searches.
The Groundwork USA participants were conducting trail work to assist in a
trail reroute project. Groundwork USA is a national organization that
assists to revitalize neighborhoods and transform communities. Teams are
created to address environmental issues, enhance career skills, and share
environmental awareness through conservation and restoration work.
This youth crew of approximately 20 members has been working in the park
for the past week. They have assisted with trail, vegetation and historic
More than 60 individuals from Grand Teton National Park, Bridger-Teton
National Forest, Teton County Search and Rescue and Teton County Sheriff's
Office have been involved in search management and activities.
Jackson was last seen wearing a white hat, tan pants and long-sleeve green
shirt that says “Find Your Park” and “Groundwork USA.” She may have a
purple backpack. Please contact Grant Teton National Park at
any information that may assist in the search of Jackson.
Feature Photo: Fauna Jackson. h/t GTNP