Church holds vigil for missing Connecticut Marine

WASHINGTON, Conn. (WTNH) - Family and friends gathered tonight in Washington, Connecticut with a message of hope: bring our Marine home.

A Connecticut marine still missing after hiking in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Matthew Kraft started January 24 on a nearly 200 mile hike in the high Sierras. He has gone missing and the town held a vigil Friday night to keep hope alive. 

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Everyone from the Marine Corps to the National Guard to local rescue personnel on the ground have been searching for Kraft.

Jim Brinton says the people who know I’m the best say they still have great hope. He is strong and trained in survival.

Brinton said,

“Very tough, very well trained, great conditioning, physical strength. I remember the progression as he went from the high school to the citadel to the Marine Corps, each time he would come home he was very impressive.”

Searchers say one of the concerns is that as they move from Winter, to Spring, to Summer, the snow becomes a lot a lot looser and they have noticed avalanche activity in the area. 


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