THE case of missing hiker Cian McLaughlin has taken a turn after a social media influencer mistipped authorities.
The Wyoming woman has now been banned from Grand Teton National Park after misrepresenting McLaughlin’s whereabouts to investigators shortly before her disappearance.
The National Parks Service says Wyoming resident Heather Mycoskie “knowingly” filed a false report and provided false information to authorities.
The 40-year-old woman gave false information to authorities shortly after the hiker’s disappearance.
McLaughlin disappeared a year ago, on June 8, 2021, while hiking in Grand Teton National Park.
A few weeks after McLaughlin’s disappearance, Mycoskie gave false information to investigators working on the case.
“Heather Mycoskie has provided investigators with false information that she saw an individual matching the description of missing hiker Cian McLaughlin,” the National Parks Service said in a statement.
According to the park service, Mycoskie lied to investigators about seeing McLaughlin on the day of her disappearance.
As part of her false tip, Mycoskie pointed investigators to a lake and apparently provided them with a “very detailed description” of the location.
“Mycoskie provided a very detailed description of McLaughlin and indicated that she had an interview with him in which he disclosed his whereabouts, where he lived, and where he worked,” the National Parks Service said.
“Subsequent investigation determined that on June 8, 2021, Mycoskie never saw anyone matching McLaughlin’s description.”
According to witnesses, he intentionally offered the misleading tips and lied that he saw the missing hiker.
Witnesses said she misled investigators by wanting to prolong the search.
“All of McLaughlin’s other potential sightings were on the trail system heading towards Garnet Canyon, Surprise and Amphitheater Lakes and Delta Lake,” the park service said.
Lead investigators on a wild goose hunt have come at a heavy cost in law enforcement resources.
The National Parks Service says more than 530 hours were devoted to the effort that followed after receiving the tip.
“This wasted valuable time that could have been spent searching for more likely areas,” the valet said.
“And it cost the federal government about $17,600.”
In addition to a five-year ban from visiting Grand Teton, Mycoskie was also ordered to pay monetary compensation.
She must pay $17,600 back to the Treasury Department to offset government costs for her misleading tip.
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