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Haleakalā National Park Backcountry Reopens After Reported Assault

The backcountry of Haleakalā National Park will reopen on Thursday following the search for the suspect in an alleged assault that occurred earlier this week.

Park Rangers conducted a two day search of the crater area with assistance from various law enforcement agencies including Maui Police Department, Honolulu Police Department canine units, and the Department of Land and Natural Resources.

“After an exhaustive search I am confident that the assailant is no longer in the crater,” said Chief Ranger
Ari Wong.

All trails within the park will be open Thursday morning and the park will resume issuing backcountry permits for cabins and campers at that time.

If you have information on the reported assault on a hiker in the crater on Sunday, July 15, 2018, contact National Park Service Dispatch at 808-985-6170 or the Maui Police Department at 808-244-6400.

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