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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Missing Marine’s Remains Identified

Noah Pippin as a Marine in 2003. (Courtesy: Pippin Family)

UPDATE: August 28, 2012

Almost two years after he was last seen in the Montana wilderness, it seems we know what happened to a young man named Noah Pippin. According to a Facebook page set up by his family, a recent search of the Bob Marshall wilderness this summer uncovered his remains.

As we reported earlier, Noah Pippin was last seen near “The Chinese Wall, a limestone formation that is more than 1,000 feet tall and stretches for 12 miles along the Continental Divide.

His mother and father, Rosalie and Mike went to Montana earlier this month, when that area was searched for the first time since Noah disappeared. After Noah was last seen by a Montana couple that was also hiking in that area, his father says it seems Noah took a gamble to go off trail along the wall. Then an early winter storm hit and he was trapped. Noah was a several-days hike from civilization and it appears he froze to death. Mike says he must have known what was happening because he placed a photo of his parents on top of the sleeping bag he was in.

“So what can we say? Our dear son and friend has slipped into eternity,” Mike wrote on Facebook. “We are heartbroken, yet thankful to God. Finding his remains was A MIRACLE.”

A funeral service for Noah Pippin will be held this fall in Traverse City, Michigan where his parents live.


August 13, 2012

It’s been nearly two years since he went missing in the Bob Marshall Wilderness in Montana. Noah’s parents Mike and Rosalie and Noah’s brother Caleb are in Montana now and authorities are scheduled to enter the area, known as “The Bob” to search for Noah this week. Rosalie is updating the story on the Facebook page the Pippins set up after Noah vanished.

This weekend the Pippins met Vern and Donelle Kersey first time. The Kerseys were among the last people to see Noah when they were also hiking in the Bob Marshall Wilderness in 2010. According to Rosalie, Vern plans to join the Lewis and Clark County Sheriff’s Department for the new search. It’s supposed to begin on Wednesday.

Noah Pippin was last seen near “The Chinese Wall.” It’s an incredible limestone formation that is more than 1,000 feet tall and stretches for 12 miles along the Continental Divide. When the Kerseys saw Noah Pippin on that September day two years ago he told them he had hiked to that spot from Hungry Horse, Montana, a town that was at least 100 miles away. He said he had been on the trail for 13 days.


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  • Alex Ashlock, Here and Now

    Update from the Have You Seen Noah Pippin Facebook page: The US Border Patrol will go in to search for Noah in the Bob Marshall Wilderness on Wednesday the 22nd! It will be a week long opperation. For those of you who pray we’d appreciate prayer for new details to come out, as well as smooth cooperation between all the agencies involved!

  • Suannez

    Dear Rosalie, Mike, and Caleb…

    As you continue the search for the one that is loved so deeply, and yet remains lost…may you be able to find the path leading to the closure you have prayed for so long. May your hearts be warmed by the prayers of many, as the journey continues on.

    Suanne from W to W…FRC…TC MI

  • Mary

    Sadly Noah Pippin’s remains were found on Saturday. HEre is the story.  http://www.outsideonline.com/news-from-the-field/Noah-Pippins-Remains-Removed-from-Wilderness.html

  • Debbie

    I’m so sorry for the disappearance of ur son. He sure was a hero in my eyes. I just watched the show, disappeared and am so sad about it. Maybe because his remains have not Ben found ( I guess) it means he is still out their walking. Maybe! I’m kinda confused though. It says his remains were not found and then it says it has. Anyway I hope that your heart gets peace somehow. I know if it were any of my children , I could not rest. But god bless u both! Prayers for you always.

    • Marla

      I just watched disappeared as well. The show has not updated his disappearance yet. The last time it was updated was in 2011, but Noah has definitely been found and a funeral was held for him.

  • Kpdandav

    I saw this show again today. Sad ending to a families heartbreak. Life’s hard but Noah’s calling came early. They probably needed a great man upstairs.

  • Margaret van Schayk

    from Western Australia, Is so sad when a son goes missing n then found. My partner is a retired Merchant seaman n has travelled many seas in his 35yrs of work. It was good while he was away, but to pick him up from an airport every 5 weeks was good to do coz he was home to do the outdoor work that needed doing. lol just joking :-)))). It would have been very hard for me to cope if he never came home. So may he rest in peace with other seamen in the world.

  • maria

    I feel you’re pain he’s in a better place with good I’m shure his soul is still with all of you and watching over you..

  • Jaye

    Very sad, may he rest in peace and his family find comfort.

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