Miss­ing hiker lo­cated de­ceased south of Grass­lands Na­tional Park

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A five-day search for a miss­ing hiker at the Grass­lands Na­tional Park came to a tragic end on Aug. 6.

Pon­teix RCMP re­ported that Don­ald Sto­liker, 63, was lo­cated de­ceased south of Grass­lands Na­tional Park. The death of the New­burgh, Ont. man is not con­sid­ered sus­pi­cious, but an in­ves­ti­ga­tion is on­go­ing with the as­sis­tance of the Pro­vin­cial Coro­ner’s Of­fice. Sto­liker had last been seen in the Grass­lands Na­tional Park on Aug. 1.

A large-scale co-or­di­nated search ef­fort had been un­der­way since Aug. 2 by RCMP, Civil Air Search and Res­cue As­so­ci­a­tion, mem­bers of the Search and Res­cue Saskatchewan As­so­ci­a­tion of Vol­un­teers, along with lo­cal vol­un­teers.

They were search­ing by foot, ve­hi­cle, fixed-wing air­craft and horse­back, and on Mon­day a he­li­copter was brought in to join the search ef­forts.

The search came to an end on Mon­day af­ter the fo­cus of their op­er­a­tions shifted to ar­eas out­side the Grass­lands Na­tional

Photo of Don­ald Sto­liker ( in­set) taken by a fel­low hiker on Aug 1.

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