Stanford professor goes missing in Washington amid domestic violence charges

Hunter Bryan Fraser went missing while hiking last week in Washington. Photos: Clallam County Sheriff's Office

A Stanford biology professor who faces domestic violence charges has gone missing while hiking at Olympic National Park in Washington.

Hunter Bryan Fraser left on a 40-mile hike Monday morning and has not returned, according to the Clallam County Sheriff's Office. 

The sheriff was notified by park officials of the overdue hiker Wednesday at 6:17 p.m. and began an extensive search at Deer Ridge Trail, where Fraser's car was parked. 

The 44-year-old was expected to stay over two nights and return to Seattle Wednesday, authorities said. He was last seen west of Deer Park Campground Monday afternoon by Olympic National Park personnel, and his exact route is unknown.

The family's last contact with him was via text Tuesday morning.

Fraser faces felony domestic violence charges stemming from last summer. He allegedly threw a woman identified as his girlfriend on the ground and later slammed a door into her while playing a game with her and Fraser’s daughter July 4, according to the Stanford Daily

In November the charge was raised from a misdemeanor to a felony at a Palo Alto Courthouse hearing.

Fraser is an extremely experienced solo hiker and left with a well-supplied gray backpack (not the red one in the picture above), and a teal 1-person Mountain Hardware "Solitude" tent, authorities said. 

He is 6’4" tall, trim build and typically wears glasses.

According to Stanford University, Fraser earned his undergraduate from M.I.T. and his graduate degree from U.C. Berkeley. His field of interest at Stanford is evolution of gene expression, integrating experiments and computation.

Anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked notify Clallam County Sheriff’s Dispatch at 360-417-2459.