Indian American professor still missing after two weeks of search

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It’s been nearly two weeks since the disappearance of the Indian-American professor who had gone missing in Mount Rainier, Washington state.

The 33-year-old Sam Dubal, professor at the University of Washington, Seattle, was last known to be hiking the Mother Mountain Loop out of the Mowich Lake Trailhead.

According to authorities at the Mount Rainier National Park, Dubal had departed for the hike on October 9 and was due out the following day. After he was reported missing on October 12, rangers at the National Park sent out several teams, in coordination with the Washington State Emergency Operations Center.

The search operation came to an abrupt halt on past Wednesday due to cold weather and dropping snow levels, while conditions at higher elevations were also getting worse, the Seattle-based KING-TV said in a new report.

On Thursday, a parks service spokesperson said while the weather is making conditions dangerous for search crews, the mission will be revaluated Friday and has continued the search.

Meanwhile, Dubal’s family has been hopeful that he will be found alive and has started “An Appeal to Continue the Search for Sam Dubal,” a petition on Change. org; which states, an appeal to Mount Rainier National Park to continue the aggressive search for an alive Sam.  The petition has received over 47,300 signatures.