SANTA CRUZ (KCBS) – The search for a missing Fremont elementary schoolteacher, who lives in Santa Cruz, has been temporarily suspended after a body was found in Kings Canyon National Park.
46-year-old Gregory Muck went missing after failing to return from a backpacking trip in the Sierra and is described as an “experienced hiker.” He failed to return home Sunday and on Tuesday, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks officials issued a missing person alert.READ MORE: 'Prolific' San Francisco Retail Theft Suspect Back In Jail After New Arrest
In a news release late Wednesday afternoon, officials said the body was found at approximately 12,000 feet in elevation northwest of Mount Gardiner. Park staff are in the process of identifying the body.
Muck works as a third-grade teacher at Gomes Elementary School in Fremont.
“I couldn’t believe it because I knew he liked the wilderness,” said Rudy Castillo, the day custodian at Gomes.
Castillo said Muck was well liked by students. “I wish the best for his wife and tell her to hang in there. I’m hoping they do find him and nothing happens to him. He’s a great guy and great with children and he seemed like a good father with his own daughter.”READ MORE: Monterey County Employee Dies While Driving Heavy Equipment to Jobsite