Search for hiker in Olympic National Park



PORT ANGELES, Wash. (AP) -- Olympic National Park officials say a search is under way for an overdue hiker.

Park spokeswoman Rainey McKenna said Friday that 55-year-old David Snidder of Union, Wash., on Hood Canal, was reported overdue on Wednesday morning. He set out Monday on a planned day hike along the Irely Lake Loop Trail.

His vehicle was found Wednesday at the North Fork Campground.

A quick search was done Wednesday afternoon, followed by expanded searches Thursday and Friday. The latest search included about 16 ground searchers and a German Shepherd search dog and handler from Pierce County.

Snidder is described as a capable hiker with previous experience in mountainous, snowy terrain. He's believed to be equipped with a daypack and basic essentials.