Russian Hiker Found Dead in Grand Teton Park

20-year-old went missing on Monday
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 23, 2014 6:36 AM CDT
File photo of a bison grazing in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming.   (AP Photo/Grand Teton National Park, Gary Pollock)

(Newser) – A Russian student who went missing in Wyoming's Grand Teton National Park has been found dead. The body of 20-year-old Aleksandr "Sasha" Sagiev was found in the park yesterday, after he went for a hike on Monday and never returned. Sagiev's body was discovered below a steep traverse, known as Cache Couloir, in Glacier Gulch, at an elevation of about 9,400 feet. Rescuers used a helicopter long-line to retrieve his body.

Sagiev, student from Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, was a seasonal employee at Dornan's Pizza & Pasta Restaurant, a shop near the park. About 60 searchers had been looking for him since he was last seen at work Sunday. Authorities say that when Sagiev was found, he had on the metallic blue "Sochi" jacket that he was last seen wearing, which helped in locating his body in the rocky terrain. There was no immediate word on the cause of death. An investigation is planned. (Read more Grand Teton National Park stories.)

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