Search for missing Marine in Sierra scaled back

The Mono County Sheriff's Office released this photograph of Marine 1st Lt. Matthew Kraft.
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BRIDGEPORT, Calif. (KOLO)-- Authorities announced they are scaling back the search for a Marine who went missing in the Mono or Inyo County areas after going on a backcountry ski trip in the Sierra Nevada.

First Lt. Matthew Kraft, 24, of Washington, Connecticut set out February 23, 2019 and was scheduled to complete the trip near Bridgeport, northeast of Yosemite National Park, March 4 or 5.

His father reported him missing and several law enforcement agencies joined the search on the ground and in the air in a 400-square-mile area. Eventually the search moved mostly to the air when avalanche danger became too great. There were avalanches in the areas of the searches.

“Aerial reconnaissance and ground teams have been deployed to the search area; however to date there have been no substantiated clues that link Kraft to any particular search area,” the Marine Corps said in a statement.

Authorities ask anyone who was in the area around Feb. 23 and thinks they have may have seen Kraft to call 559-565-4286.