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Two SARS Under Way At Sequoia National Park

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This young couple vanished somewhere between Sequoia National Park, Kings Canyon National Park, and Yosemite National Park/NPS

Sequoia National Park rangers were busy Saturday with two search-and-rescue missions, one involving a climber missing since Wednesday and the other involving a young couple who failed to reach Yosemite National Park as planned.

Missing since Sunday were Jie Song and Yinan Wang, who were last seen at approximately 2 p.m. Sunday at the junction of Crystal Cave Road and the Generals Highway in Sequoia National Park after attending a Crystal Cave Tour. They intended to continue north to Kings Canyon National Park, stay the night in Fresno, and had reservations in Yosemite National Park on Monday, August 7. They did not show up for their Yosemite reservation.

The pair was driving a white 2012 Ford Focus Sedan, Plate # 6XMM431. 

At the same time, rangers were seeking leads to aid in the search for a missing alpine climber. On Thursday, the Inyo County Sheriff’s Office received a report that 55-year-old Tom Fennessy had failed to return Wednesday from the Thunderbolt Peak to Mount Sill Traverse in the Eastern Sierra.

Mr. Fennessy was last seen early in the day on Wednesday when he departed from companions at Sam Mack Meadow in Inyo National Forest, intending to complete the Thunderbolt Peak to Mount Sill Traverse, which is the border between Inyo National Forest and Kings Canyon National Park. His companions remained in camp, and reported him overdue the following day.

Mr. Fennessy was last seen wearing an orange jacket, red climbing helmet, yellow-green backpack, and black pants. He is familiar with the area.

Due to the highly technical nature of the terrain, search teams were seeking leads and information from members of the climbing community that might have been climbing in the Palisade area, especially in the vicinity of the Thunderbolt Peak to Mount Sill, since Wednesday.

Anyone who may have come across Mr. Fennessy, or have any other information, is encouraged to contact Inyo County Sheriff’s Department at 760-878-0383 or Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks at 559-565-4351 with their name, contact information, and additional details.

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