Paul Benson, a hiker, is missing from the Kings Canyon National Park’s Ranger Lake region

In a concerning turn of events, a search operation has been launched for Paul Benson, a 65-year-old hiker who was reported missing on Wednesday, September 13th, at approximately 8:40 in the morning. Benson had embarked on a day trek in the Ranger Lake area of Kings Canyon National Park, with plans to return to his camp at Ranger Lake later that same day.

Paul Benson was part of a group of eight individuals who had set out on a multi-day backpacking adventure, exploring scenic spots including Seville Lake, Lost Lake, Ranger Lake, and the JO Pass vicinity.

The last known sighting of Benson revealed him wearing an olive brimmed hat, tan or red clay-colored slacks, a fleece adorned with blue, purple, and brown stripes, and a red and gray jacket. His distinctive appearance and clothing details could be crucial in locating him.

Fcaebook page ‘Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks’ shared a post for missing person Paul Benson. In which they stated that:

“ALERT: Missing Person

Name: Paul BensonHeight: 6’4”Weight: 200 lbs.Age: 65Hair: BaldRace: WhitePaul Benson was last seen on Wednesday, September 13 at 8:40 a.m. Paul intended to go on a day hike in the Ranger Lake area of Kings Canyon National Park and return to camp that evening at Ranger Lake. Paul was part of an 8-person multi-day backpacking trip hiking near Seville Lake, Lost Lake, Ranger Lake and the JO Pass area. Paul was last seen wearing a red and gray jacket, a blue, purple and brown patterned fleece, tan or red clay pants and an olive brimmed hat. If you were in the Ranger Lake area on Wednesday, 9/13 or today, or think you may have seen Paul, please contact Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks Dispatch at 559-565-3195”.

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Authorities are urgently appealing to anyone who may have been in the Ranger Lake region on September 13th or in the subsequent days, to come forward with any information that could aid in the search efforts. If you believe you have seen Paul Benson or were in the Ranger Lake area during the specified timeframe, please contact Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks Dispatch immediately at 559-565-3195.

Paul Benson stands at an impressive 6 feet 4 inches, weighs approximately 200 lbs, and has a bald head. He is of white race and was last seen in the Ranger Lake area.

As the search for Paul Benson intensifies, friends, family, and concerned community members are hoping for his swift and safe return. Authorities are dedicating all available resources to locate him and ensure his well-being.

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