Rescuers put search for hiker on hold for night
Vail, CO Colorado
MINTURN ” Rescuers who were searching on foot for a man missing since Saturday in the Holy Cross Wilderness put the their search on hold Sunday night, authorities said.
Two brothers from Missouri were hiking down from the summit of the 14,005-foot Mount of the Holy Cross on Saturday afternoon when they were separated at 13,000 feet, authorities said. Rescuers began searching for the man Sunday morning, authorities said.
The 23-year-old missing man was carrying water and an energy bar and was wearing an orange fleece and a rain jacket, said Sara Cross, spokeswoman for the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office.
“He wasn’t prepared to camp when he went missing,” Cross said.
Rescuers paused the search for their safety after finding “no trace” of the man, she said.
The brothers’ names and hometowns had not been released Sunday night because family members had not yet been notified, she said.
As the two brothers descended the mountain, the missing brother decided to go ahead of his brother, 24, because he was hiking faster, Eagle County Sheriff’s Deputy Jacob Best said.
The brother who was hiking slower returned to their campsite near East Cross Creek ” a two-hour hike from the trailhead ” and his brother wasn’t there, authorities said.
The brother called 911 from his cell phone at 6:51 p.m. Saturday. Rescuers from the Vail Mountain Rescue Group decided to wait until Sunday morning to search for the man due to heavy snowfall, Cross said.
Rescuers were searching with at least two teams Sunday and rescuers from Pitkin County were planning to help this morning. Cross did not know whether the brother who made it to the campsite had returned with rescuers, she said.
Rescuers think the man is lost somewhere between 13,000 feet and the campsite, Cross said.
Temperatures were expected to reach a low of 18 degrees overnight around 12,000 feet in the northern mountains, said John Kyle, weather data manager for the National Weather Service. Cloudy skies will help keep the air warmer despite the below-freezing temperature, he said.
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