Yosemite Officials Searching for Lost Hiker Who Could Be Suicidal
The search is on for a hiker who went missing in Yosemite National Park. According to park officials, the hiker “may be exhibiting emotional distress and suicidal ideation.”
After leaving for a day hike to the Upper Yosemite Falls overlook on April 22, there has been no sign of 51-year-old Ralph Elliott. He is described as a muscular and fit 51-year-old white male, 5 ft 8 in, blue eyes, beard, long graying hair (often in a bun), and wearing earth tone casual clothing.
Park officials did not give any reasons to why they believes Elliot is under emotional distress, and it may have been meant as warning to anyone who comes across him in the wilderness to be sensitive to his mental state.
Anyone with information regarding his whereabouts is asked to call investigators at 209-372-0216 during business hours, or Yosemite Dispatch at 209-379-1992 after hours.