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Contact: Kyle Patterson, Public Affairs Officer, (970) 586-1363
Contact: Park Information, (970) 586-1206
Rocky Mountain National Park Search and Rescue members continue search efforts today for Brian Perri. Perri’s last known location was the summit of Mount Meeker (13,911 feet) on Saturday, June 30. Also assisting Rocky Mountain National Park Search and Rescue members again today is Larimer County Search and Rescue. A dog team from Larimer County Search and Rescue is also working on today’s efforts. There are 20 people involved in today’s search efforts.
Today’s search efforts include an Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS). This UAS is specially authorized for this incident and is being utilized in a segment of the search area southeast of Peacock Pool and a limited section of the north face of Mount Meeker. The UAS enables searchers to view inaccessible terrain that is difficult to see from helicopter reconnaissance flights or by foot. The use of private drones is prohibited in national parks.
Ground search efforts are concentrating on the south flank of Mount Meeker above treeline and in and around Hunters Creek and Lookout Mountain.
Late Thursday July 5, park rangers were notified by Fort Collins Police that Brian Joseph Perri, 38, of Fort Collins, Colorado, had been reported as missing. Perri was last known day hiking on Saturday, June 30, in the Mount Meeker area of Rocky Mountain National Park. On June 30, Perri texted a friend a photograph of himself from the summit of Mount Meeker. After rangers were notified of the missing man, they located Perri’s car in the parking lot at the Sandbeach Lake Trailhead.
Perri was day hiking and was expected out on Saturday, June 30. Perri’s destination was believed to be the summit of Mount Meeker. This would be approximately 14 miles round trip from the location of his car. In the photograph he texted, he was wearing a tan full brim hat, sunglasses, and red backpack. He has minimal equipment and may have a yellow rain jacket and yellow orange puffy jacket. He had no known tent or camping equipment. Perri is 5’9” and weighs 160 pounds.
Park rangers would like to hear from anyone who has been in the Mount Meeker area since Saturday, June 30. Especially those who noticed abandoned gear or other clues. Please call (970) 586-1204.