Searchers comb Gypsum area looking for missing deputy |

Searchers comb Gypsum area looking for missing deputy

Tayler Esslinger, 26, was last seen early Tuesday morning

EAGLE COUNTY — About 40 people are searching for a sheriff’s deputy and volunteer firefighter who has been missing since Tuesday.

Tayler Esslinger, 26, of Gypsum, was last seen early Tuesday morning driving a 2011 black Dodge pickup with firefighter license plates with the number 719YBC.

Tyler Esslinger, Tayler’s brother, said searchers are combing Spring Creek Road and surrounding areas. He said they may have found tire tracks that belong to Tayler’s truck, but the truck has not been found. It’s possible that Tayler has left the county, though, Tyler added.

Friends, family, co-workers and community members met Thursday morning at the Gypsum fire station to coordinate search efforts.

Tayler, a lifelong Eagle Valley local, is a detention deputy at the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office and a volunteer engineer with the Gypsum Fire Protection District.

If you want to help search for Tayler, come to the Gypsum Fire Protection District at 511 2nd St. in Gypsum for a volunteer briefing Friday at 8 a.m.

For those that wish to search for Tayler but can’t attend the briefing, stop by the station to sign in and out. That will allow authorities to know which areas have been searched and avoid duplication of efforts, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Public safety officials are requesting that searchers stay out no later than 8 p.m.

Donations of water, Gatorade or energy bars are appreciated, the Sheriff’s Office said.

If you have any questions, call 970-445-4911

If you have any information that could help find Tayler, call Vail dispatch at 970-479-2201.

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