Jackson woman fined and banned for lying about missing hiker

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A former Jackson, Wyoming woman has been banned from Grand Teton National Park for a period of five years and was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $17,600.

40-year-old Heather Mycoskie knowingly provided false information in the search for missing hiker Cian McLaughlin last year.  Mycoskie told investigators the missing man was hiking on the south side of the Bradley-Taggart Moraine in Grand Teton National Park, and was headed south towards Taggart Lake where he planned to jump off his favorite rock into the water.

She provided a very detailed description of McLaughlin and stated she had a discussion with him in which he shared where he was from. The subsequent investigation revealed Mycoskie never saw anyone matching McLaughlin’s description.



Additionally, witnesses reported Mycoskie fabricated the sighting to ensure search efforts continued. As a direct result of Mycoskie’s false report, approximately 532 hours were spent conducting searches, managing search efforts, conducting follow up investigations, and completing associated reports.

This wasted valuable time that could have been focused on searching areas of higher probability, and it cost the Federal Government approximately $17,600. June 8th marked one year since Cian McLaughlin went missing. Search efforts will continue during the summer of 2022.

 

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