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Third Day Of Searching Begins For Missing Man In Bear Lake Area

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Date: February 3, 2013
Contact: Kyle Patterson, (970) 586-1363

The third day of search efforts began early this morning, Sunday, February 3, for a missing man from San Antonio, Texas. Troy Green was reported missing Friday afternoon. Yesterday, thirty-five searchers were involved and recon flights occurred over the search area. Today, forty-five searchers are involved plus a number of search dogs. Park rangers are being assisted by Larimer County Search and Rescue, Rocky Mountain Rescue, Douglas County Search and Rescue, Arapahoe Rescue Patrol, and Summit County Rescue. Searchers continue to concentrate their efforts on the popular Bear Lake system of trails; focusing on off trail areas particularly in the Mill Creek Drainage and in the Flattop Mountain area. Intensive search efforts will occur in the area between Bear Lake and Dream Lake. Aerial search will continue over this entire area.              

There was no new snowfall in the Bear Lake area overnight. Snow depths and conditions vary in the area depending on the elevation.  At Bear Lake, located at 9,475 feet, there was 9 inches of new snow from Wednesday through Friday.   There are numerous trails that leave from the Bear Lake area. It is unknown where Mr. Green's destination was or what kind of clothing he was wearing. Searchers continue to face winter conditions with deep snow, winds and drifting snow.      

The Bear Lake area is a popular winter recreation destination in Rocky Mountain National Park. The fresh snow and blue skies drew hundreds of winter enthusiasts yesterday to snowshoe and backcountry ski in the area; serving as more eyes and ears to aid search efforts. High visitation is expected again today.       

Mr. Green was planning to attend a conference in Denver. When his wife did not hear from him on Thursday, January 31, she contacted the Denver Police Department. He did not arrive at the conference on Friday. On Friday afternoon, an advisory was given for his rental car that matched a vehicle found early Friday morning by park rangers at the Bear Lake parking lot.               

If anyone was visiting the Bear Lake area of Rocky Mountain National Park on Thursday, January 31, or Friday, February 1, park rangers would like to hear from you. Please call Rocky Mountain National Park at (970) 586-1204.   

Did You Know?

a photo of folks throwing snowballs in front of the snow-covered Alpine Visitor Center

The coldest temperature inside the Alpine Visitor Center during the winter is rarely below 20 degrees. The snow insulates the building when it is closed for the winter.