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Teen Disappears While Hiking in Yosemite National Park

May 28, 1996

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) _ A hundred searchers helped by dog teams resumed looking today for a teen-ager who disappeared while on a family backpacking trip in Yosemite National Park.

Ashleigh Wiggins, 14, last was seen Sunday near the Ostrander Lake area in the southern part of the park. Rangers were interviewing park visitors to see if anyone remembered seeing the tall, red-haired girl.

Ashleigh and her mother, sister and cousin had hiked into the area Saturday and set up a base camp along a trail. The girl became lost in the heavily wooded area Sunday while walking ahead of the group, park spokeswoman Nikyra Calcagno said.

Two helicopters and 50 ground searchers, including volunteers and Mariposa and Tuolumne County sheriff’s officials, saw no trace of Ashley on Monday.

The girl was wearing jeans, hiking boots, a T-shirt, baseball cap and sweat shirt, and was carrying granola bars, water, a flashlight and gloves.

``She had provisions with her,″ Calcagno said. ``All of those things will improve her situation greatly.″

Nighttime temperatures have dipped to the mid-30s.