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Missing Hiker - Last seen Saturday

Postby wildlobo71 » Mon Jul 02, 2012 10:30 am

I'm posting this as a followup to another thread - Kristen wrote the thread, but probably wasn't aware that it reads not that her husband could be missing, but rather he has a home emergency to get back to. From discussions this morning, Joe has not returned from a hike on Saturday.

I posted this on the usual FB sites.

Hello friends, I'm posting this for a friend of a friend; Kristen's husband Joe left for a hike on Saturday morning and hasn't been heard from since. He didn't leave information on his destination, but it's anticipated it's a 1-3 hour perimeter from the Denver area. He is new to climbing fourteeners and mountains but is experienced in the back country otherwise. He's only been in Colorado for about 2 years so his known skill level is maybe up to Class 2 or 3. Without knowing where exactly he went, I am asking for the family that we all keep a lookout at the trailheads for his car - A 2002 Honda Accord, CO license plate 211VPN, silver in color. If you have seen this car please contact Kristen at 720-354-8111.

Let's all try to help find Joe if we can. Once he gets back we can then talk about the merits of leaving behind information on our plans for when these exact situations happen.

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Re: Missing Hiker - Last seen Saturday

Postby Lemmiwinks » Mon Jul 02, 2012 10:47 am

Bump...This should be the "official" thread, or the title for the other one should be changed. Thanks for the great info to get people started on the search. If any more info comes along, please share it. Hopefully they narrow down the search area, and find him quickly.
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Re: Missing Hiker - Last seen Saturday

Postby Brian C » Mon Jul 02, 2012 10:52 am

Did he have an anticipated return time?
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Re: Missing Hiker - Last seen Saturday

Postby Tigerbear » Mon Jul 02, 2012 11:05 am

did you call SAR?
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Re: Missing Hiker - Last seen Saturday

Postby wildlobo71 » Mon Jul 02, 2012 11:14 am

Tigerbear wrote:did you call SAR?


The entire issue is where do they start? How do you mobilize anything when there's no known destination. There's not a state-wide SAR, it's all by county. If he is indeed missing, versus on a long walk-about, we need to locate his vehicle in order to begin a search of that area.

I cannot speak for any actions Kristen may have done regarding notifying any agencies.

He is either not answering his cell phone, or is out of range of service.
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Re: Missing Hiker - Last seen Saturday

Postby wildlobo71 » Mon Jul 02, 2012 11:15 am

Brian C wrote:Did he have an anticipated return time?


No, I don't believe he told anyone.
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Re: Missing Hiker - Last seen Saturday

Postby denvermikey » Mon Jul 02, 2012 11:41 am

Not sure if this is a very big deal or not, but maybe small details can be helpful. The Accord pictured is not a 2002. It is at least a 2003. The 2002 looks very different. Again, not sure if this is a big deal or not, but hopefully anything will help.

Hoping for the best outcome...



Without knowing where exactly he went, I am asking for the family that we all keep a lookout at the trailheads for his car - A 2002 Honda Accord, CO license plate 211VPN, silver in color. If you have seen this car please contact Kristen at 720-354-8111.


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Re: Missing Hiker - Last seen Saturday

Postby CCSARCAP » Mon Jul 02, 2012 12:03 pm

Can't stress enough. This is the last sentence in our mission report for our weekly paper.

"Letting someone know your plans, having enough food and water, knowing how to use a GPS, a charged cell phone, and something that will protect you from the elements are a few of the things that could save your life.

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Re: Missing Hiker - Last seen Saturday

Postby CO Native » Mon Jul 02, 2012 1:16 pm

This is what a silver 2002 looks like:
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Re: Missing Hiker - Last seen Saturday

Postby Muskie5280 » Mon Jul 02, 2012 2:41 pm

Just returned from the West Winfield TH and we were the only car there.

Sorry to not be of more help.

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Re: Missing Hiker - Last seen Saturday

Postby usfgal » Mon Jul 02, 2012 3:06 pm

This may be a stretch, but (assuming he has a computer at work), have someone check the browsing history on it to see which 14ers, if any, he was checking out or possibly could have printed information/maps on. Thoughts and prayers are with you!

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Re: Missing Hiker - Last seen Saturday

Postby TCUTED » Mon Jul 02, 2012 3:19 pm

Took the information down, hoping to get out along the front range Wednesday, hopefully this is resolved by then, but if not I will keep an eye out, also I will pass the information along to anyone else I know heading out! Hoping for the best here!

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