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Gainesville native missing in Washington state park for 10 days
Man argued with fellow hiker prior to disappearance
Cornelius Zippro
Cornelius Zippro

A man originally from Gainesville who was camping with a friend in North Cascades National Park has been missing for more than 10 days, according to friends and family.

Cornelius “Casey” Zippro, 31, was in the Washington state park with a friend at the Colonial Creek Campground. According to the family, he was last seen June 16 at site No. 3 near Diablo Lake.

“According to family, he was reported missing approximately 4 p.m. Sunday (June 17) by his friend, who told authorities the two had an argument, so the friend left to go on a hike alone. When he returned, Zippro’s tent and backpack were still at the campsite, but there was no sign of him,” according to a news release.

Zippro was described as a white man with brown eyes and brown hair. He stands 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighs 190 pounds.

According to the North Cascades National Park Service Complex, he was last seen wearing a light green jacket, denim jeans, a white and black ball cap and a light gray sleeveless UnderArmour brand shirt.

National Park Service Rangers and the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office have searched for the Gainesville man. 

Anyone with information can call or text the tip line at 888-653-0009, use the “submit a tip” feature on the website or email

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Authorities in Washington state have been combing the North Cascade mountains, looking for Cornelius “Casey” Zippro, originally of Gainesville, who has been missing for 10 days. - photo by For The Times
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