Ma­rine miss­ing in moun­tains is pre­sumed dead

The Tribune (SLO) - - Insight -

Au­thor­i­ties say a Ma­rine who went miss­ing in Cal­i­for­nia’s Sierra Ne­vada more than a month ago prob­a­bly has died.

The Or­ange County Regis­ter says the Ma­rine Corps con­cluded Thurs­day that First Lt. Matthew Kraft prob­a­bly was over­come by se­vere weather dur­ing win­ter storms.

Kraft is from Wash­ing­ton, Con­necti­cut, and was sta­tioned at Camp Pendle­ton.

The 24-year-old set out in late Fe­bru­ary on a planned 10-day solo ski trek cov­er­ing the 195mile Sierra High Route.

Kraft’s fa­ther re­ported him miss­ing in early March.

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