Lost snowmobiler OK

Minnesota man found Friday after being separated from pack

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— A 25-year-old Minnesota man was in good condition Friday morning after spending a night outside on Buffalo Pass.

Tom Scilacci, a public information officer for Routt County Search and Rescue, said Jesse Stanton was located by Search and Rescue crews between Dinosaur Lake and Fish Creek Reservoir. Stanton became separated from a group of friends while snowmobiling Thursday afternoon.

"He's a healthy, 25-year-old male who was prepared to stay a night outside," he said. "It was a pretty straightforward and quick search (Friday) morning."

Search and Rescue crews decided not to search for Stanton on Thursday night because they knew he had extra clothing, food and the ability to start a fire. Low temperatures were around 10 degrees Thursday night.

Stanton reportedly became separated from a group of friends who had been snowmobiling near Routt County Road 38. He left the group to ride in another area and never returned.

The other men in Stanton's group began running low on gasoline and headed back to their cars as it grew darker, assuming Stanton would meet them, Scilacci said.

The men called for help at around 5:15 p.m. Thursday when Stanton did not return.

Friday's brief search was the third search for a missing snowmobiler in eight days. Search and Rescue crews assisted a private snowmobiling tour company in finding seven missing snowmobilers in North Routt County Feb. 15, and found two missing snowmobilers Monday on Rabbit Ears Pass who had become disoriented in a snowstorm.

-To reach Alexis DeLaCruz, call 871-4234

or e-mail adelacruz@steamboatpilot.com

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