David Milton Crouch
Crouch, approximately 1997
Date reported missing : 08/31/1997
Missing location (approx) :
Bridger-Teton National Forest, Wyoming
Missing classification : Lost/Injured Missing
Gender : Male
DOB : 08/31/1970 (50)
Age at the time of disappearance: 27 years old
Height / Weight : 5'10, 175 pounds
Description, clothing, jewerly and more : A flannel shirt and jeans.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: Caucasian male. Brown hair.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Crouch was last seen in Pinedale, Wyoming on August 31, 1997. That day he was on a hiking trip with three friends and a guide in the Bridger-Teton National Forest. He separated from the group and went on a solo fishing trip at Island Lake at 10,500 elevation.
The others began searching for him after he didn't return to the group's base camp at Lost Lake by nightfall, and they reported him missing the next morning. Nighttime temperatures in the Island Lake area were well below freezing, and Crouch didn't have any supplies with him, not even a coat or gloves. Authorities believe it's unlikely he survived even one night exposed to the elements.
He lived in Stevensville, Maryland at the time of his disappearance, and was an avid bicyclist who owned a bike shop with his wife in Stevensville. Extensive searches turned up no indication of his whereabouts, but he is presumed to have gotten lost or injured in the wilderness.
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Sublette County Sheriff's Office
September 2021 updates and sources
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