Authorities say a woman accused of giving false information about the disappearance of a mountaineer in Grand Dayton National Park has been banned from the park for five years.
Heather Mycoskie, 40, a woman, was barred from entering a park in northwestern Wyoming under a deferred lawsuit, park officials said. Said in a statement on Thursday. She owes $ 17,600.
The National Park Service said it had spent about 532 hours searching and investigating in response to the false report.
“It wasted valuable time focusing on areas with high probability, and it cost the federal government about $ 17,600,” the report said.
The missing mountaineer, Cian McLaughlin, of Ireland, was last seen on June 8, 2021.
Mr. About two weeks after McLaughlin’s disappearance, Ms. Mycoskie told investigators that he had seen and talked to him and that he was heading south to Lake Taggart, where he planned to jump into the water from his favorite rock.
Subsequent investigations revealed that this did not happen, park officials said.
Mr. Garnett Canyon, Surprise and Amphitheater Lakes, and Delta Lake on the way north to Lake Dorcart. There were other possible scenes of McLaughlin. Updated missing person flyer Lupine says he was last seen on the Meadows route system leading to those lakes.
Mr. McLaughlin searched Delta Lake, Alpine Lake, and Delta Lake, a popular sport in the park, park officials said.
The pilot of the missing person was wearing a red apple watch, a white short-sleeve shirt, silver U-shaped medals, and sunglasses with gold rims when he went missing.
Mr. Mykowski died on June 21, 2021, the day he disappeared. Park officials said they saw a person who matched McLaughlin’s description. He gave a “very detailed” description of him and said he had a conversation that shared where he lived, where he came from, and where he worked.
Witnesses told investigators that Ms. Mykowski fabricated the scene to ensure the search continued.
Ms. Mykowski, who lived in Jackson, Vio, now lives in Costa Rica and did not respond to requests for comment.
Mr. McLaughlin’s mother, Crane McLaughlin, Told RTIThe national broadcaster of Ireland, his son also worked as a snowboard instructor in the winter and worked at a bar in the summer.
Ms. McLaughlin said she was in Wyoming in June for the anniversary of her son’s disappearance and was told about the misrepresentation.
“But we’re focusing on the highlands very quickly, and now we’re back in Wyoming, and the ice is starting to melt. McLaughlin said.
“In everyone’s view, we know he went missing in the mountains. He went missing on this trek. Something tragic happened,” he said.