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Contact: Kyle Patterson, Public Affairs Officer, (970) 586-1363
Contact: Park Information, (970) 586-1206
Rocky Mountain National Park Search and Rescue members continued search efforts in the field for Brian Perri through Sunday, July 15. Unfortunately, no clues have been found. Search managers are analyzing and continuing investigations. Dog teams will be used again this weekend. It has been twenty-one days since Perri was last heard from.
Extensive search efforts began the evening of Thursday, July 5, and have encompassed significant sections of 22.5 square miles above tree line as well as forested areas. The majority of the search area is in rugged and remote terrain with loose rock, steep ridges, and exposed cliffs, on ridge lines and couloirs. The area has been searched by helicopters, ground searchers, dog teams, and UAS reconnaissance. Assisting Rocky Mountain National Park Search and Rescue members has been Larimer County Search and Rescue members and dog teams, Rocky Mountain Rescue based in Boulder County, Fort Collins Police, Northern Colorado Helitack, Front Range Rescue Dogs, Flight For Life Air Ambulance and Colorado Search and Rescue Board members.
Perri’s destination was believed to be the summit of Mount Meeker. This would be approximately 14 miles round trip from the Sandbeach Lake Trailhead. His exact route was unknown. Most of the route is beyond trail access which would necessitate bushwhacking, mountaineering and route finding through thick forests and the ability to travel in rugged remote terrain with loose rock, steep ridges and exposed cliffs.
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 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 on July 5, six days after he was expected back, 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. 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.
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 or text the National Park Service Investigative Services Bureau at 888-653-0009.