Following a nearly two-week search, the body of a Texas man missing since May 3 in Grand Teton National Park was recovered Friday morning in a remote area west of Hickory Fall.
The body of 27-year-old William Ryan Simanski of Parker, Texas, was found in an area about a mile from where his vehicle was discovered near the nature trail near Hickory Fall. Ranger Tim Smith reported the discovery to park rangers at 9:42 a.m. Friday.
Simanski, an experienced mountain climber, drove his motorized All-Terrain Vehicle on trail in the area, Mount Rogers Way, and immediately became disoriented. He did not attempt to make it back to his vehicle.
Simanski was last seen between 8 a.m. and noon on May 3. A search was conducted by authorities on June 4 and 5 in a remote area west of Hickory Fall and by law enforcement on June 6. The area where the body was found is extremely difficult to reach by ground or air because of the steep terrain and hazardous for travel.
According to the Grand Teton National Park Press Release, Simanski was with four friends who were originally from Glen Iris, Ohio. The friends and a hunting guide were eventually able to locate Simanski’s vehicle, which was on a trail north of Hickory Fall. The vehicle was returned to him when the group could not find him.
An investigation has not been completed, but no foul play is suspected.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Sunday, May 20, at Edgemont Cemetery in Parker, Texas. Simanski will be laid to rest with full military honors at a later date.