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Ohio teen missing in Grand Teton National Park

Posted: 9:36 AM, Aug 05, 2016
Updated: 2016-08-05 16:50:56Z

CINCINNATI -- A search is underway for a Cincinnati teen who is missing in a Wyoming national park.

Fauna Jackson, 16, was with a service group working in Grand Teton National Park. She was last seen at about 8:45 a.m. Thursday on the east US Highway 89 near Triangle X Ranch. Fauna's coworkers told officials she did not return from a bathroom break.

Fauna, a 10th-grader at Clark Montessori High School in Hyde Park, is 5-foot-6 and 120 pounds with blonde hair and brown eyes. She was wearing a white hat, tan pants and a long-sleeve green shirt with the text "Find Your Park" and "Groundwork USA." She may also have a purple backpack.

Groundwork USA works with the National Park Service, Environmental Protection Agency and local groups across the country to improve the environment. The group had a crew of about 20 members working on a trail reroute project in the park, officials said. 

Officials announced on the park's Facebook page that they "conducted a hasty search of the area and continued with ground crews, helicopter, dog teams and road patrols throughout the day" but were initially unable to locate Fauna. More than 60 people have been involved with the search so far.

More crews planned to join the search Friday, along with the Wyoming Civil Air Patrol, officials said.

Anyone with information is asked to 307-739-3393.

Cincinnati Public Schools issued a statement that "Our thoughts and prayers are with Fauna and her family, and the Clark community, during this difficult time."