A GoFundMe campaign has raised more than $14,000 as of Sunday afternoon for the pregnant wife of a hiker found dead in Kings Canyon National Park.
Alan Stringer, 40, was reported missing by his family Monday after he failed to return home from a hike. Searchers found his body around 2:30 p.m. Thursday on a glacier near Mount Darwin in Kings Canyon National Park, according to the Inyo County Sheriff’s Office.
Stringer’s wife is 37 weeks pregnant with the couple’s first child, according to the Gofundme page, which was set up by friends of the family. GoFundMe has verified the campaign.
“We’d like to gather baby and mama essentials for her so she doesn’t have to worry for the first year,” the page states. “…We can also accept and pick up diapers and essentials donations, and deliver them to her, as well.”
Stringer, of Huntington Beach, is described on the page as an experienced hiker who often hiked alone. He hiked with an inReach device, but it was not activated, according to the sheriff’s office. Garmin Ltd. created inReach to help outdoor enthusiasts stay safe with a satellite-based handheld GPS monitor and tracker.
Sheriff’s deputies found Stringer’s vehicle at North Lake early Tuesday. Analysis of his cellphone showed only one call Monday, which was made before his hike.
California Highway Patrol officers, Inyo County sheriff’s deputies and Sequoia and Kings Canyon national park rangers searched for Stringer for days, scouring the trails around Mount Darwin and the surrounding areas.
Both aerial and ground searches were underway Thursday when the body was found.
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