Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and his wife Jenny were last seen Friday night on their way into the woods for a night of tenting and hopeful romance in Big Bear National Park. Neither of their phones have pinged since they suddenly went off-grid just after 9. They gave explicit instructions to begin searching if they hadn’t been heard from by 7AM.
Federal and state authorities and local volunteers have begun searching the park grid by grid but with over a million acres to cover it could take some time. Their children, Mark and Leslie, are with Paul’s parents at the house in Poughkeepsie.
Temperatures have been moderate and the Ryans were prepared to be outdoors. Paul Ryan is an Eagle Scout. Authorities are hopeful to get them back safely. President Trump joked on Twitter, “Nah, let Big Bear keep them! HAHAHAHAHA. JK – thoughts and prayers to the family.”
This is a developing story that will be updated.