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Missing Hiker Could Be in Tuolumne Meadows Area

| August 2, 2013

A hiker last reported in the Mammoth Lakes area just outside Yosemite’s Tioga Pass entrance may have made his way into the park and may be missing in the Tuolumne Meadows area.

Matthew Greene has been missing since he telephoned his parents two weeks ago from a campsite near Yosemite National Park in California.

Greene, 39, of Bethlehem, was in Mammoth Lakes, Calif., on July 16 when he last talked with his parents, Robert and Patricia Greene of Lehighton. The avid hiker and rock climber hasn’t called or answered his cellphone since.

Greene arrived at the Shady Rest Campground in Mammoth Lakes in his car June 27. There he met up with other hikers and took several day hikes in Yosemite Park to the northwest.
Robert Greene said his son told him June 16 that his car broke down and would be in a Mammoth Lakes repair shop for a few days.

“He told people he couldn’t meet them because he didn’t have transportation,” he said. “He told me he would get public transportation. He would take a bus to the trail heads.”

Matthew Greene’s hiking friends left Mammoth Lakes around June 16, but he stayed behind to wait for his car to be repaired, his father said.
That same day, Greene made a credit card purchase in the Mammoth Lakes area; he hasn’t used the credit card since then, his father said.

Police asked Greene’s parents if they knew in which part of the 1,169-square-mile Yosemite Park he might be hiking. Robert Greene said Matthew was starting many of his hikes at Tuolumne Meadows in Yosemite.

“That’s where he had been going to the trail heads,” he said. “It does have a bus service to it. He could very easily have jumped on a bus and gone up there.”

Police said they notified the Mono County Search and Rescue Team that Greene is missing, but the team has not initiated a search because it doesn’t have Greene’s last known location.

If you have any information on Greene, if you saw him on trailhead in Yosemite or you saw him on a bus headed into the park please call the Mammoth Lakes Police Department at 760-934-2011 or the Mono County Sheriff’s Office at 760-932-6549, ext. 7. Any information that can help piece together a timeline of his activities is helpful. Please don’t assume someone else has already called if you have information. Everything is helpful.


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