Search for lost hiker continues |

Search for lost hiker continues

Veronica Whitney

One day after she was reported missing, rescue teams Tuesday were still looking for a woman who disappeared from the East Lake Creek hiking trail south of Edwards.

The 57-year-old woman from New Castle was reported missing at 3 p.m., Monday, after she separated from her hiking group, police said.

Vail Mountain Rescue initiated a search shortly after it was notified of her disappearance, said Kim Andree, spokeswoman for the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office.

“She was last seen at noon Monday. The group believes they lost her at Dead Dog trail,” Andree said. Dead Dog is a hiking trail that forks off the East Lake Creek trail.

By Tuesday afternoon, two teams were taking turns searching for the 5-foot-2-inch woman. With the help of some of the missing woman’s friends, six people conducted the search on all-terrain vehicles and by foot. Andree said the U.S. Forest Service was going to begin a search on horseback.

“Yesterday they brought in dogs to help with the search, but too many hikers had been on the trail and the dogs couldn’t pick up her trail,” Andree said.

The group of hikers was returning from a hike to Middle Lake through the East Lake Creek trail when they lost sight of the woman, Andree said.

“They don’t know how they got separated,” she added.

The East Lake Creek trail begins in the woods. The trail heads deep into the forest but it’s an easy, leisurely hike.

Staff writer Veronica Whitney can be reached at (970) 949-0555, ext. 454 or

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