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October 7, 2018
Contact: Lindsey Lewis, Acting Public Affairs Officer (970) 586-1330
Contact: Park Information, (970) 586-1206
Search efforts continue today for Ryan Albert, 30, of Marlton, New Jersey. Rocky Mountain National Park Search and Rescue Team assisted by Rocky Mountain Rescue Group and Larimer County Search and Rescue are searching both low elevation and technical terrain to look for Albert. Information received yesterday indicates that Albert intended on climbing Longs Peak via the Keyhole Route.
The search teams have been met with extreme weather conditions, rime ice, verglas ice and pockets of deep snow in the higher elevation of the search area. Today’s forecast calls for ice fog, snow showers, thunderstorms and temperatures in the 20s and 30s. Up to three inches of snow is predicted tonight in the search area and the extended forecast includes cold temperatures and snow throughout next week. The safety of the ground teams continues to be the priority for those managing the search.
On Friday, October 5, Rocky Mountain National Park rangers were contacted by the Denver Police Department, who had been notified by a family member that Albert was overdue. It was believed he was attempting Longs Peak on Thursday, October 4. Albert’s rental car was found at the Longs Peak trailhead on Friday afternoon.
Albert was last seen leaving the Denver area early Thursday morning, October 4, wearing dark clothes and a backpack.
Park rangers would like to hear from anyone who has been in the Longs Peak area since Thursday, October 4, or who may have had contact with Albert regarding his planned route on Longs Peak. Please call (970) 586-1204.