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Search Continues for Missing Indian American Professor in Washington State National Park

Search Continues for Missing Indian American Professor in Washington State National Park

Park rangers are searching for an Indian American professor who has been missing since he went on a hike on Oct. 9 at Mount Rainier National Park in Washington state. Sam Dubal, 33, an assistant professor of anthropology at the University of Washington was expected to return on Oct. 10 after an overnight camping trip. But tweets from his sisters, Dena and Veena Dubal said their brother didn’t get back home. In the tweets, they say Sam Dubal is “5-foot 9-inches tall and 155 pounds and has black hair and a beard.” He might have been wearing a blue jacket while hiking in the park. The News Tribune says Dubal was last known to be hiking the Mother Mountain Loop trail out of the Mowich Lake Trailhead.

On Oct. 12, when Dubal was reported missing, park rangers sent several teams out to look out for him. The Seattle Times reports that two teams “continued searching through the night with an Air Force helicopter with a forward-looking infrared radar.” The search continued on the ground on Oct. 13, “with six search teams, despite heavy rain in the area,” the Seattle Times reported, citing park officials. 

The park has set up a tip line at (360) 569-6684 for anyone who was hiking in the Mowich Lake area over the past few days and may have seen Dubal.

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As per his LinkedIn profile, Dubal joined the Washington University as assistant professor in June. Prior to that, he was a visiting scholar at the Berkeley Center for Social Medicine at University of California, Berkeley. Before that he was a surgical resident at Harbor–UCLA Medical Center. He has a MD from Harvard Medical School and a Ph.D in Joint Medical Anthropology Program from University of California, Berkeley. He has a BA in Cultural and Social Anthropology and Portuguese from Stanford University. 

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