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Third day of search for missing Midlothian hiker

Posted at 3:57 PM, Jul 18, 2012
and last updated 2012-07-18 18:33:49-04

(WTVR) - The search continues into the third day for a missing Midlothian man last seen hiking in Theodore Roosevelt National Park (TRNP) in North Dakota.

There are now more than 41 people actively searching for Dan Olszewski, confirmed Eileen Andes, chief of public affairs at the park. She said that 23 searchers are hiking on foot, and 18 are on horseback.

They have searched all of the trails and now are looking in the woody rugged areas by foot, by horse and also by helicopter.
Olszewski is reported to be 48-years-old, an avid hiker and in good physical shape. Despite that, the temperatures have been very hot the past few days, well into the upper 90s.

Andes said that she has been told Olszewski is always well-prepared when he hikes, but he was alone when he went out on Sunday morning.

 It is believed he had a cell phone with him, but there have been no “pings” as of this moment.

A press release from the park said that Olszewski was reported missing by his employer Monday morning. He is from Virginia, but is currently working in North Dakota.

Olszweski is believed to be in the South Unit of the park, which contains 46,158 acres.  Andes said that the search is focused on the wilderness area.  At this time there is no estimate available of the number of acres searched.