Stanford biology professor discovered after days-long manhunt in Washington Nationwide Park

On Saturday, June 10, Stanford professor of biology Hunter Fraser was discovered following an intensive manhunt effort that included 90 search and rescue personnel, in accordance with a press launch from the Nationwide Parks Service.

Whereas lacking, Fraser was scheduled to look on June 9 for a preliminary examination in Santa Clara County Superior Courtroom after being charged with a home violence felony by prosecutors in November 2022. Fraser was arraigned on a misdemeanor cost of inflicting corporal harm, which he pleaded not responsible to in September earlier than the costs have been raised to a felony stage in November. 

In an announcement to The Day by day, Fraser wrote “I didn’t miss the preliminary listening to because it was postponed earlier than I used to be reported lacking.”

In an announcement to the Mercury Information, Stephenson stated the preliminary listening to setting date has been rescheduled to June 28. The Day by day has reached out to the Santa Clara County District Legal professional’s Workplace and Tessa Stephenson, the deputy district legal professional assigned to the case in regards to the timing of the postponement of the listening to.

The costs in opposition to Fraser stemmed from a July 4, 2022 incident, through which Fraser allegedly threw a girl, who was recognized as his girlfriend, on the bottom and slammed a door into her whereas taking part in a recreation along with her and Fraser’s daughter, in accordance with a Stanford College Division of Public Security (SUDPS) Incident Report. The costs have been later raised to a felony after the County District Legal professional realized that the lady had sustained critical accidents and suffered fractured ribs from the assault. The Day by day is conscious of the identification of the lady however is withholding it for her security.

“As I’ve stated earlier than, the allegations in opposition to me are unfaithful and I sit up for sharing the reality in courtroom,” wrote Fraser. 

The Day by day has additionally reached out to Joshua Bentley, Fraser’s lawyer, in regards to the case. 

Fraser was self-rescued with the help of different hikers alongside the Dosewallips River Path and was pushed to Quilcene, Washington, the place he was greeted by his household, park personnel and medical responders. In response to Nationwide Park Companies (NPS), he was in Clallam County, Wash. on a hike in Olympic Nationwide Park on Monday, June 5. 

In an announcement to The Day by day, Fraser wrote that he had deliberate a 40-mile solo hike on June 5 at Olympic Nationwide Park and deliberate to return to Seattle by Wednesday, June 7. 

“On June sixth I slipped on a snowy slope, hit my head, and have become disoriented and misplaced. I discovered myself deep within the wilderness, removed from any path,” Fraser wrote. 

On the time of his disappearance, Pleasure Leighton, Senior Director of Public Relations for the Faculty of Humanities and Sciences, wrote in an announcement to The Day by day that “We hope for his protected return.” 

In response to the Mercury Information, his household had final communicated with him by means of textual content on Tuesday morning, and on Wednesday at 6:15 p.m., Olympic Nationwide Park notified the CCSO that he was overdue. His automobile was discovered close to Deer Ridge Path (#836) the place he had initially parked.

Fraser was 5 days into his hike, and three days overdue, when he says he reached a highway and located assist from two different hikers that supplied him with meals and drove him to the closest ranger station. Since then, he says he has been recuperating with household. 

“I’m flooded with gratitude. I want to lengthen my deepest appreciation for the many individuals and organizations who helped seek for me, together with the heroic efforts of the Nationwide Park Service, Coast Guard, and native volunteers,” he wrote. 

In a information launch on June 9, the NPS reported that the Olympic Nationwide Park had dispatched the Olympic Nationwide Park Search and Rescue, Olympic Mountain Rescue, Kitsap Explorer Search and Rescue, Jefferson Search and Rescue, Pierce County Search and Rescue, and canine groups from Kitsap, Pierce, and Mason Counties to seek for Fraser. 

In an announcement after Fraser’s rescue, Leighton wrote, “We’re relieved and completely happy that Hunter has returned safely.”

The Day by day additionally reached out to the Clallam County Sheriff’s Workplace and the Superior Courtroom of Santa Clara County.