UCSB Student Missing in Yosemite

Michael “Mic” Dahl Disappeared on a Day Hike with Friends

Yosemite National Park rangers and search volunteers are looking for Michael “Mic” Dahl, a 20-year-old UCSB student who went missing Saturday morning. Officials said Dahl and three friends were walking on the paved path to Lower Yosemite Fall when they began “scrambling” on the rocky area just below the Lower Fall. The friends soon saw that Dahl was no longer with them, and spent the next two hours looking for him before notifying rangers.

Michael Dahl
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Michael Dahl

Dahl is 6’01” and slender with light brown/reddish hair and green eyes. He was last seen wearing a light blue hoodie sweatshirt and jeans, and was carrying a digital SLR camera with a removable lens. Visitors who were hiking in the Yosemite Falls area between Saturday, March 21, and Monday, March 23, and who may have seen Dahl have been asked to call (209) 372-0259.

Approximately 50 people, accompanied by dog teams and a helicopter, are currently involved in the search effort.

UPDATE: Dahl was found alive Monday approximately a quarter mile east of the Lower Yosemite Fall trail in a large boulder field. He had sustained multiple injuries — including a head wound — and was suffering from hypothermia when he was spotted by park visitors who recognized him from a missing persons flyer. Dahl was transported to a local hospital by ambulance. Yosemite officials provided no other information on his disappearance or condition.

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