Yosemite National Park Rangers have positively identified the remains of Alexander Joseph Sevier, a visitor who was last seen in Yosemite Valley in May 2017.
Sevier, 24 and a member of the U.S. Navy, arrived at the park alone on May 1, and stayed in Housekeeping Camp, according to officials. He was seen going out on daily day hikes during his visit. When he was reported missing, park rangers, with the aid of search dogs and a CHP helicopter, launched an extensive search.
At the end of August, human remains were found near the banks of the Merced River below Vernal Fall. These remains were sent out for DNA testing, and were confirmed to be the remains of Sevier, whose family has been notified.
Yosemite National Park worked with several agencies during the investigation, including NPS Special Agents, U.S. Navy, Special Agents from the Naval Criminal Investigation Service (NCIS), Mariposa County Sheriffs Office,.the California Highway Patrol, YODOGS (trained search dogs), and Forensic Specialists from the California Department of Justice Bureau of Forensic Services.