January 21, 2016
Kyle Patterson, (970) 586-1363
This afternoon, January 21, park rangers were notified that Ronald Webber, 58, of Maitland, Florida was overdue from a reported mountaineering trek to Rocky Mountain National Park and was believed to be in the Longs Peak area. His car was located in the parking lot at the Longs Peak Trailhead. He reportedly left Tuesday morning, January 19, from the trailhead. It is unclear where he was intending to go. He was not prepared to spend the night. Mr. Webber has been to the Long Peak area before, but not in the winter.
Rocky Mountain National Park Search and Rescue team members searched a small segment of the area this afternoon including the Roaring Fork drainage and the east cirque of Longs Peak in the Chasm Lake area. Tomorrow, teams will continue to search in this area as well as the Keyhole Route and along the Longs Peak Trail.
Weather since Tuesday has consisted of high winds and cold temperatures. Aerial search efforts took place today and if weather and conditions permit, will also occur tomorrow.
Park rangers would like to hear from anyone who was in the Longs Peak area on Tuesday, January 19 or Wednesday, January 20.Please call (970) 586-1204.