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Contact: Kyle Patterson, Public Affairs Officer, (970) 586-1363
Contact: Park Information, (970) 586-1206
Today, Rocky Mountain National Park Search and Rescue members began before sunrise and focused their search efforts on the summit of Mount Meeker (13,911 feet) and ridge lines extending off of Mount Meeker above treeline. Northern Colorado Helitack assisted with aerial search efforts for most of the day, until weather hampered aerial operations. No clues were discovered pertaining to Perri’s disappearance.
Search efforts will begin again early tomorrow morning. Rocky Mountain National Park Search and Rescue members will again concentrate their efforts on ridge lines and couloirs as well as lower sections of Mount Meeker.
Late yesterday afternoon, 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.
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.