MUNISING, Mich. (WLUC) - UPDATE: 3:15 p.m., July 20:
Kara Moore was found alive after being missing for nearly five days in Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Ms. Moore went missing on the evening of Friday, July 14. She had been hiking with approximately ten family members in the Beaver Creek Wilderness area of the park. She was last seen on the Lake Superior beach preparing to take the 1.5 mile trail back to the trailhead parking lot near Beaver Lake Campground. When the family got back to the trailhead they noticed that Ms. Moore was not with them. They went back to look for her, and when they couldn’t find her, they called for help. Rangers received the report at 7:50 pm and at 8:30 pm, the park started searching area trails by foot and the Lake Superior shoreline by boat.
Over the next few days, the search expanded to include staff from multiple agencies: Michigan State Police canine and helicopter teams, Michigan DNR Conservation Officers, US Forest Service officers, Alger County Sheriff’s Deputies, a Tactical Tracking team from Keweenaw Bay Tribal Police, and a private search and investigation team – Michigan Backcountry Search & Rescue. At the peak of the operation, there were over 30 searchers involved. Searchers covered roads, trails, off trail areas, inland lakes by canoe, and Lake Superior by motorboat, but no signs of Ms. Moore were found. Missing person signs were put up throughout the park and on social media asking visitors to keep their eyes open for Ms. Moore.
On Wednesday, July 19, around 1:30 PM, visitors from Georgia were walking down the Beaver Lake Trail when they noticed a woman walking towards them that matched the description of the missing hiker. The visitors asked the woman her name, and she responded with “Kara.” They told Kara that a lot of people were looking for her. They then brought her back to the trailhead where they gave her food and water and waved down a park service vehicle.
Ms. Moore appeared to be in good shape. She was taken by ambulance to Munising Memorial Hospital where her family met her. There she was treated for dehydration and muscle fatigue and kept overnight for observation.
Initial interviews with Ms. Moore did not provide much concrete information. Ms. Moore had suffered a brain injury when she was young that affected her short term memory, so she does not remember many details from the last few days. She does recall sleeping next to a log and drinking water from creeks, but was unable to give investigators an accurate description of how she survived or where she hiked and slept.
The family is very grateful for all the people and agencies who assisted, and for the quick search response. They are also thankful for the emotional support offered to the family and the sensitivity in handling the incident.
UPDATE: 12:30 p.m., July 20:
There are new details on missing hiker Kara Moore and how she survived five days in the wilderness.
According to a statement to National Park Services, she believes she woke up Wednesday and couldn't find her family so she started hiking.
Moore does suffer from short term memory loss.
National Parks Service believes Moore was drinking from creeks and streams in the area and she possibly remembers sleeping next to a log at one time.
The investigation is ongoing at this time.
UPDATE: 2:25 p.m., July 19:
Missing Hiker Kara Moore has been found alive in Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. The 55 year old woman, who was last seen hiking on the evening of Friday, July 14, walked into the Little Beaver Campground at around 1:30 p.m. today.
More news will come as more information becomes available.
UPDATE: 11:50 a.m., July 19:
The search continues for 55 year old Kara Moore from Milwaukee Wisconsin who was last seen hiking in Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore on the evening of Friday, July 14. Ms. Moore was hiking with approximately ten family members in the Beaver Creek Wilderness area of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.
Today, the volunteer organization Michigan Backcountry Search and Rescue (MIBSAR) is continuing to search the Beaver Basin Area. National Park Service rangers are following up on any unusual items reported by the public, such as discarded shoes, sandals, clothing, etc. Rangers will also be searching area lakes by boat.
If needed, beginning Thursday morning, bloodhounds will start searching. Bloodhounds are capable of discriminating scents of a specific person. The canine searchers and their handlers are volunteers from K-9 One Search & Rescue from the Flint area and Southern Michigan K9 Search & Response Unit. MIBSAR is coordinating bringing both groups in to help. The bloodhound teams will begin a scent search from the point where Ms. Moore was last seen.
Backpackers, hikers, and campers are also being asked to keep their eyes open for Ms. Moore. If anyone has information or sees the woman, please remain with her and call 911. She is white, 5’4” tall, with long gray hair and wearing metal rim glasses. She is wearing black pants, tennis shoes, a purple sweatshirt and a turquoise jacket, and has a multicolored backpack.
The search continues for a 55-year-old Milwaukee woman who was last seen on the evening of Friday, July 14. Kara Moore was hiking with family members in the Beaver Creek Wilderness area of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. The family hiked on the Little Beaver Creek Trail to the Lakeshore Trail/North Country Scenic Trail to the Coves area before hiking back to the trail head near Little Beaver Campground. Ms. Moore was last seen near the beach on the Lake Superior shoreline as the group began the hike back.
Family reported her missing at 7:50 pm on Friday. By 8:30 pm that day, searchers were out on the trails calling and looking for Ms. Moore. On Saturday, additional personnel joined the search: Michigan State Police canine teams, Michigan DNR conservation officers and Hiawatha National Forest staff joined National Park Service (NPS) staff on foot scouring trails and off trail. Alger County Sheriff's Department searched roads and trails along the park boundary by ATV. A Michigan State Police helicopter searched Lake Superior near the shoreline and inland. National Park Service staff searched Lake Superior by motorboat and Little Beaver and Beaver Lakes by canoe. Michigan Backcountry Search & Rescue arrived Sunday evening to help, and a tactical tracking team from the Keweenaw Bay Tribal Police joined the search on Monday.
All the trails from Twelvemile Beach Campground to Miners Castle, including the Beaver Basin area, Mosquito River, Chapel Basin, and Fox River Pathway, have been searched. Searchers are also looking off trail and along ridges and creeks.
Backpackers, hikers, and campers are being asked to keep their eyes open for Ms. Moore.If anyone has information or sees the woman, please remain with her and call 911. She is white, 5'4" tall, with long gray hair and wearing metal rim glasses. She is wearing black pants, tennis shoes, a purple sweatshirt and a turquoise jacket, and has a multicolored backpack.