$10K re­ward of­fered for miss­ing Beaver­creek hiker

Dayton Daily News - - LOCAL & STATE - By Richard Wil­son Staff Writer

It’s beena year since Kris Fowler was last seen as he was mak­ing his way along the Pa­cific Crest Trail.

The last con­firmed sight­ing of Fowler, a Wright State grad­u­ate who grew up in Beaver­creek, was on Oct. 12, 2016. He had al­ready hiked about 2,000 miles be­fore stop­ping at a con­ve­nience store at a trail head near White Pass, Wash.

The 34-year-old ex­pe­ri­enced hiker tried to call his dad that day, ac­cord­ing to phone records, but the call didn’t get through, ac­cord­ing to Kris’ step-mother Sally Fowler.

His dad, Mike Fowler, a gov­ern­ment con­trac­tor at Wright-Pat­ter­son Air Force Base, died in June, not know­ing what hap­pened to his son, Sally Fowler said.

There’s now a $10,000 re­ward be­ing of­fered for in­for­ma­tion lead­ing to Kris Fowler’s where­abouts.

It’s been a heart­break­ing, dif­fi­cult year for his mother, who main­tains hope that she’ll even­tu­ally find out what hap­pened to Kris. She has heard from hun­dreds of peo­ple who met Kris on the trail.

A truck driver who gave Kris and another hiker a ride that Oc­to­ber found a video on his

phone where he in­ad­ver­tently recorded Kris sit­ting in the pas­sen­ger seat as the other hiker sings and plays gui­tar in the back seat.

That’s one of sev­eral videos of Kris posted on the Bring Kris Fowler/Sherpa Home Face­book page, which con­tin­ues to be an ac­tive so­cial me­dia site with 6,625 peo­ple fol­low­ing the page.

Sherpa was Kris Fowler’s nick­name on the trail.

“Peo­ple go miss­ing out there all the time,” she said. “When a male adult goes miss­ing, the first thing you get is, ‘well they must not want to be found.’ It takes some time to ac­tu­ally get them to start search­ing.”

Au­thor­i­ties in Yakima and Kit­ti­tas coun­ties in Wash­ing­ton now reg­u­larly stay in touch with Sally Fowler. Search ef­forts re­sumed within the past two weeks af­ter a hiker re­ported see­ing a tarp and other gear strewn along the trail that the hiker be­lieved was Kris Fowler’s.

If you can help in­ves­ti­ga­tors, con­tact Yakima County sher­iff Sgt. Randy Briscoe at 509-574-2535 or the Kit­ti­tas County Sher­iff’s Of­fice at 509-962-7525.

This photo of Kris Fowler was taken on Oct. 12, 2016, the last day he was con­firmed seen near White Pass, Wash.

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