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Contact: Kyle Patterson, (970) 586-1363
Thirty-five searchers focused their efforts today for a missing man, 39-year-old Troy Green from San Antonio, Texas, on all major trails in the Bear Lake Corridor. Two recon flights occurred this morning, focused on the search area. Park rangers are being assisted by Larimer County Search and Rescue and Rocky Mountain Rescue.
The Bear Lake area is a popular winter recreational destination in Rocky Mountain National Park. The fresh snow and blue skies drew hundreds of winter enthusiasts today to snowshoe and backcountry ski in the area; serving as more eyes and ears to aid search efforts.
Teams will search until dark when efforts in the park will be suspended until tomorrow morning. The operation tomorrow will be similar to today.
Since Wednesday, there has been continuous winds and snowfall in the Bear Lake area. Accumulation of snow varies based on elevation. At Bear Lake, located at 9,475 feet, there has been 9 inches of new snow since Wednesday. 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.
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.