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Park Ranger James Randall United States Department of the Interior - National Park Service, U.S. Government

Park Ranger

James Randall "Randy" Morgenson

United States Department of the Interior - National Park Service, U.S. Government

End of Watch: Tuesday, July 23, 1996

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 51

Tour: 27 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Drowned

Location: California

Incident Date: 7/23/1996

Weapon: Not available

Suspect: Not available

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Ranger James (Randy) Morgenson drowned after being swept over a waterfall while on a back country patrol in the Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Park, California. Other rangers began to search for him after he failed to check in with dispatch at the regular time following the first day of the patrol.

Despite an exhaustive search, his remains were not found until July 2001, nearly five years after he went missing. The investigation indicated that he likely fell through a snow drift and broke his leg while crossing a creek, dying of associated injuries and hypothermia. His remains were washed down the creek and into a small cascade where they were hidden in the rocks for years.

Ranger Morgenson had served with the agency for 27 years. He was survived by his wife.

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Randy, I know the love of the open space so well. I share that with you and all who served with you. NO better place to " Pass On" than the open skies and the smell of p

Roberto Pathfinder Henderson
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July 22, 2014

 

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