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October 11, 2010
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Search continues for Chicago man

EAGLE COUNTY, Colorado - Search and rescue efforts are currently under way for James Nelson, 31, of Chicago. Nelson has not been seen or heard from since Oct. 3, when he set out on a five-day, 25-mile hike of Mount of the Holy Cross.

James was reported missing by his fiance Friday evening. Vail Mountain Rescue Group began searching for Nelson on Saturday. Over the past two days, more than 28 volunteers from Vail Mountain Rescue Group have covered James' 25-mile proposed route and have found no trace of him.

The Colorado National Guard High Altitude Aviation Training Center has and will continue to assist the Eagle County Sheriff's Office and Vail Mountain Rescue Group by dropping search teams in the field and conducting an aerial search. The Eagle Valley Religious Foundation assisted by providing meals to the searchers in the field.

Nelson has been involved in the Chicago Backpackers Meetup Group since 2006. While he is an experienced hiker, this is his first hike in Eagle County.

Nelson is equipped with proper gear and supplies but is not carrying a cell phone.

The search concluded at 6 p.m. Sunday will resume today at 6:30 a.m.

A request has been made through the Colorado Search and Rescue Board for additional assistance. Experts in the field discourage individuals from searching on their own. Volunteers will be solicited by searching agencies when needed.

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The VailDaily Updated Oct 11, 2010 01:10AM Published Oct 11, 2010 01:08AM Copyright 2010 The VailDaily. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.