Search underway at Glacier National Park for missing Richmond woman

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MISSOULA, Mont. (WRIC) — The Glacier National Park Police in Montana are searching for a missing Richmond woman who was last seen hiking earlier this week.

Jennifer “Jenn” Coleman is 34 years old and her last known itinerary is believed to be hiking solo on Monday, August 30 possibly to the Dragon’s Tail or Highline Trail. Coleman is 5’6” with blonde, shoulder-length hair and blue eyes.

The Flathead County Search and Rescue, Two Bear Air Rescue, Flathead County Sherriff’s Department, and the Flathead National Forest are continuing to search today, Sept. 3.

According to a Facebook post by The AWARE Foundation, Coleman was last heard from via text message on Aug. 30 around 11:57 a.m. Coleman was on vacation and was set to pick up her dogs from a boarding facility the following day, but she never showed up to get them.

The foundation said a welfare check was done at her campsite by the local sheriff’s office where they discovered her belongings. Her vehicle was also found in the parking lot for the Highline Trail.

Kenny Jarels is the President of the National missing persons organization, the Aware Foundation.

“We’re numb right now but we’re still trying to push forward,” said Jarels.

Jarels said Coleman’s mother is the Vice President of the foundation and her father is the Treasurer.

“We’ve been friends for a very long time. I know Jennifer extremely well and Hal reached out to me. He said Kenny, I never thought I’d be asking for help for one of my own kids,” said Jarels.

Coleman planned the vacation two to three months ago.

“We’re talking about trying to deal with this on the opposite side of the United States and it’s a little difficult for them because they’re still here in Virginia and their daughter’s missing in Montana,” said Jarels.

A couple from Missouri sent photos to the foundation of their group, horse back riding with Coleman this past Sunday.

Park officials said she had a solo hike planned for the day after. She was last heard from through a text message just before noon Monday. Coleman did not show up to check out on Tuesday.

Brandy Burke is the Public Affairs Assistant with the Glacier National Park.

“Just know that we are focusing all of our efforts on locating Jennifer and we hope we find her,” said Burke.

In Richmond, the Virginia Department of Health confirmed that Coleman is the Director of Compliance and Enforcement in the Office of Drinking Water.

“VDH remains concerned for Ms. Coleman and her family during this time,” said Maria Reppas, who is the Director of Communications.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Glacier National Park tip line at 406-888-7077.

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