Posted: Jul 18, 2013 1:38 PM
Updated: Jul 19, 2013 7:47 AM
BOZEMAN - The body of a missing Yellowstone National Park hiker was found by searchers Thursday morning.
Joseph Austin Parker, 23, was on a solo hike on Electric Peak in the northwest part of the park on Tuesday when he did not return.
At around 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Parker called friends, telling them he was below the summit of the park and because of lightning was starting to descend the mountain, according to a news release from the park.
Parker was reported missing by a friend about 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and the National Park Service began searching. The search continued on Wednesday, using an airplane, helicopter, 4-wheel drive vehicles and horses. Searchers also went on foot, but did not find any clues on Wednesday.
The search resumed Thursday morning and Parker's body was discovered below the summit of Electric Peak. The cause of death is under investigation.
Originally from Valdosta, Georgia, Parker was working at a Gardiner business, the release states.