Approximately 100 volunteers of ICE-SAR search and rescue associations searched for U.S. citizen Nathan Foley-Mendelssohn in Landmannalaugar in the south-central highlands on Saturday. The search proved fruitless and no further search is planned.
Foley-Mendelssohn came to Iceland as a tourist and had planned to hike the Laugavegur route from Landmannalaugar to Þórsmörk and onwards across Fimmvörðuháls to Skógar. He was last seen in Landmannalaugar on September 10, from where he took off in spite of bad weather, but wasn’t reported missing until late September. He is presumed dead.
Now, some of the snow that had fallen in the area in recent days had thawed and search parties took advantage of the circumstances and good weather on Saturday.
Search coordinator Jón Hermannsson told ruv.is that the area around Landmannalaugar has been searched thoroughly, in addition to the entire route Foley-Mendelssohn had planned to hike, south to Álftavatn lake and the Emstrur area.
A number of objects have been found but none that can be connected with the missing person. Jón said search and rescue will not plan further extensive search missions unless something unexpected turns up.
He added that sheep herders have yet to traverse the area and if they come across any evidence, it will be looked into.