Missing snowboarder found in Kremmling
BRECKENRIDGE ” The hunt for a missing snowboarder at Breckenridge Ski Resort was called off Monday afternoon after the man was located in Kremmling, according to Summit Rescue Group public information officer Mike Schmitt.
About 20 Breckenridge ski patrollers and 20 volunteers from Summit Rescue Group and Western State Rescue Team spent Monday combing the resort for Dustin Harmon, 23, of Loveland, who was reported missing by his friends on Sunday evening.
Another friend called the Summit County Sheriff’s Office Monday afternoon to notify authorities that Harmon had been in Kremmling the night before.
“We sent the Kremmling Police Department over to verify with a picture … just to make sure. They verified it, so we called (the search) off,” Schmitt said.
Harmon had been snowboarding with two friends Sunday at Breckenridge. He separated from the two at about 11:30 a.m. on the top of Peak 9’s Quicksilver Lift. The group planned to meet up at 2:30 p.m. in the Beaver Run parking lot, where the car was parked, but Harmon never showed up.
His friends called police at about 6 p.m. that evening, and search crews were on the mountain early Monday morning.
Harmon had not been in contact with his girlfriend or his friends by Monday and did not show up for work Monday morning, Schmitt said.
Rescuers called off the search at about 3:50 p.m.
Schmitt said the volunteers who spent the day tromping through the woods for any sign of the snowboarder had mixed feelings about the outcome of Monday’s incident.
“We’ve got two different emotions. One, we’re very happy he’s not dead or injured on the mountain. Two, it’s frustrating. He made a set of plans he didn’t follow through with. … I mean why even bother making plans if you’re not going to follow through?” Schmitt said.