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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

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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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Just watched Randy's case on "Disappeared." What a tragic ending to a man who clearly loved the outdoors and who, despite his situation at the time, was doing his best to cope.

RIP Randy. I hope your family and loved ones remember you as you deserve to be remembered--a good and decent man.

Minnesota Resident
September 16, 2015


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