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Marine on ski trip to Sierras reported missing

Posted at 11:40 AM, Mar 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-09 17:20:54-05

(KGTV) — Crews were searching for a Marine who hasn't returned from a skiing and hiking trip to the Sierras.

First Lt. Matthew Kraft began his trip on Feb. 23 at the Kearsarge Pass trailhead, just west of the Independence, Calif., in Inyo County, according to the 1st Marines Division. He was scheduled to end in Bridgeport, Calif., on March 5. Kraft's skiing and hiking trip was set to cover the Sierra High Route, the Marines Division said.

Crews are also trying to locate Kraft's rental car, a gray 2006 two-door Jeep Wrangler. A search and rescue effort involving Inyo County, Mono County, and Fresno County sheriff's departments was underway Saturday.

It wasn't immediately clear whether Kraft was based at Camp Pendleton or Twentynine Palms.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Inyo County Sheriff's at 760-878-0383 and choose option 4, the Mono County Sheriff's at 760-932-7549 and choose option 7, or Fresno County Sheriff's Office at 559-600-8400.