Overdue hiker found dead in Grand Teton National Park Tuesday

(Moose, Wyo.) — The body of an overdue hiker was discovered at approximately 2:30 p.m. today, July 22, near the mouth of Cascade Canyon in Grand Teton National Park. Will Cornyn, 36, of San Francisco, California did not have a pulse when one of several search teams found him lying below a steep cliff band near Inspiration Point. He was pronounced dead on scene at 2:53 p.m. by park EMTs in consultation with the park’s medical director, Dr. A.J. Wheeler.

Cornyn headed out late Sunday afternoon, July 20, from the southeast shore of Jenny Lake with a goal to hike to Lake Solitude in the North Fork of Cascade Canyon. He did not return to his campsite at Jenny Lake Sunday evening, and was reported overdue by his girlfriend at noon on Monday, July 21. Cornyn had not planned for an overnight stay in the backcountry and did not carry equipment necessary for spending a night in the mountains.

A “hasty” search was initiated Monday afternoon with park rangers who were on routine patrol and additional rangers were called into service. Two rangers also flew in the Teton Interagency contract helicopter to conduct an aerial search until darkness prevented further efforts. The aerial search was temporarily delayed by intense thunderstorms that passed across the Teton Range and battered the peaks with heavy rain, strong winds and lightning strikes.

Seventy-four people gathered early Tuesday morning to begin a full-scale search for the missing hiker, not seen since 5 p.m. Sunday. After nearly six hours, one of 19 assigned search parties discovered Cornyn. His body was extricated from Inspiration Point via a helicopter long-line and turned over to the Teton County coroner about 4:30 p.m.

–Grand Teton National Park Public Affairs Office