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Search Efforts Today For Man In The Glacier Gorge Area

Search efforts for James Pruitt in Rocky Mountain National Park
Search efforts for James Pruitt in the Glacier Gorge area on Sunday, March 3.

Courtesy Rocky Mountain National Park

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News Release Date: March 3, 2019

Contact: Kyle Patterson, Public Affairs Officer, (970) 586-1363

Contact: Park Information, (970) 586-1206

This morning, Sunday, March 3, Rocky Mountain National Park rangers began search efforts for James Pruitt, 70, of Etowah, TN. After a vehicle parked at the Glacier Gorge Trailhead was determined to belong to Pruitt this morning, rangers contacted Pruitt’s family in Tennessee. His family confirmed he was in the area and hadn’t been heard from since Thursday morning, February 28, at approximately 10 am.

Members of Rocky Mountain National Park’s Search and Rescue team searched the Glacier Gorge drainage, the Loch Vale drainage and the Glacier Creek drainage.  Assisting Rocky Mountain National Park Search and Rescue Team members today included Larimer County Search and Rescue Dog Teams, Diamond Peaks Ski Patrol and Rocky Mountain Rescue Group. There has been almost two feet of snow accumulation in the Glacier Gorge area since Thursday, February 28.

Search efforts will resume early tomorrow morning and include an expanded search area and additional search teams.

Park rangers would like to hear from anyone who has been in the Glacier Gorge and Bear Lake areas since Thursday, February 28, or who may have had contact with Pruitt regarding his planned route for Thursday. Please call Rocky Mountain National Park at (970) 586-1204.        

Last updated: March 4, 2019

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