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Contact: Kyle Patterson, Public Affairs Officer, (970) 586-1363
Contact: Park Information, (970) 586-1206
Yesterday was day five of search operations for Brian Perri, day ten from the last time he was heard from. Unfortunately, no clues have been found throughout this extensive five day search effort. Yesterday, efforts were concentrated on search dog operations and Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) reconnaissance flights. The UAS was utilized in a segment of the search area southeast of Peacock Pool and a section of the north face of Mount Meeker. Ground search efforts were concentrated in and around Hunters Creek and Lookout Mountain.
Since Thursday, the search area has encompassed significant sections of 22.5 square miles. The area has been searched by helicopters, ground searchers, dog teams, and UAS reconnaissance, providing a great deal of coverage. Today, search managers are analyzing the UAS reconnaissance footage and information from the previous days search efforts and continuing to adjust search tactics accordingly.
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.
The search and investigation is ongoing. 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.