Like many visitors to Glacier National Park, Julie and Roy began their hike at Logan Pass. For almost eight miles, they walked along the scenic Highline Trail. But by the time that they arrived at Granite Park Chalet, a historic building in the middle of the park, they discovered that all the beds were taken.
As a result, the pair decided to spend the night at the adjoining campsite instead. Although the site was still being developed, Julie and Roy set up camp and settled down for the evening. Sadly, however, Julie’s wilderness adventure was about to be cut tragically short.
Some 20 miles away, another 19-year-old girl, Michele Koons, was also trying to get some sleep. A freshman at California Western University, she was a popular teenager who loved to be the center of attention. That summer, she had taken a job in the gift shop of one of the park’s many lodges.