By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily
A fundraiser has been organized to help bring to Wyoming the family of an Irish man missing in Grand Teton National Park since last week.
Cian McLaughlin, 27, was reported missing late Saturday night after he failed to show up at job Thursday.
Members of McLaughlin’s family plan to come to the United States this week from Ireland.
“His mother Gráinne and her partner are travelling out to Wyoming on Wednesday 16th June,” said a GoFundMe page set up for McLaughlin’s family. “We have set up this Gofundme to help with travel and accommodation costs and any contingencies.”
The fundraiser has garnered more than $11,000 in U.S. currency.
It was believed McLaughlin intended to go hiking early last week and was last seen at about 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 8, about one-half mile from the Lupine Meadows Trailhead, where his vehicle was found Sunday.
Park staff found McLaughlin’s vehicle when they surveyed trailhead locations within the park early Sunday morning.
McLaughlin is 6 feet tall and weighs 180 pounds. He has brown hair and eyes. He has an Irish accent and would be considered thin or fit.
Updated information provided by park staff noted that McLaughlin was wearing a cutoff tank top and shorts, both of an unknown color, a bucket hat and round sunglasses. He wasn’t wearing a backpack.
According to an article by the Irish Times, McLaughlin is a Dublin native who works as a snowboard instructor in Jackson. The newspaper also noted his Facebook page said he started working at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort last December and that he previously lived in the French ski resort of Chamonix.