'We haven't given up'

Officials continue 28-year search for missing Hayden teen


— The decades-long search for missing Hayden teen Marie Blee resumed Monday when Routt County officials acted on new information about her disappearance.

Ken Klinger, an investigator with the Routt County Sheriff's Office, said officials with the Sheriff's Office, Routt County Search and Rescue, Routt County Road and Bridge and a Pueblo-based forensic excavation company called Necro Search International explored a site "in rural Routt County" on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday in hopes of recovering Blee's body.

"We had received some really credible information dealing with the morning after (Blee) disappeared that led us to this particular area," he said Wednesday. "Unfortunately, we were not able to find anything."

Klinger declined to reveal who had provided the information or where the crews searched.

"Literally, she could be anywhere in Routt County or Moffat" County, he said.

Blee was reported missing Nov. 22, 1979, after she didn't return home from a dance in Craig. Law enforcement officers have been investigating the disappearance ever since - and with little success.

"We haven't given up," Klinger said. "We're going back over everything we have on the case, including following up on interviews that should have been done 20 years ago. We're going to keep going."

Klinger said anyone with information is encouraged to call the Sheriff's Office at 870-5504.

"We're hoping someone who hasn't already done so will come forward with some sort of news tip," he said.


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