Hiker lost in Buffalo Park

Search and Rescue contacted man, who is cold and wet but otherwise OK

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— Unable to field a team of its own, Routt County Search and Rescue turned the search for a lost hiker in Buffalo Park south of Rabbit Ears Pass over to a Grand County search crew.

Routt County Search and Rescue first was dispatched at about 2:30 p.m. Spokesman Darrel Levingston said that although the hiker is in Grand County, access is easier for search crews in Routt County. Because too few volunteers responded, however, Levingston said Routt County Search and Rescue handed the search over to a Grand County team of eight people.

Levingston said Routt County Search and Rescue has been in contact with the lost hiker and his wife, who is at the couple's campsite. Levingston said the man left for a hike at 9:30 a.m. At 5 p.m. Friday, Levingston said the Grand County crew was about 45 minutes away from the lost hiker's campsite.

"He is cold and wet but otherwise OK," Levingston said about the hiker.

Through the interview process, Levingston said Routt County Search and Rescue has narrowed the hiker's location to a small area near Milk Reservoir and have relayed that information to the Grand County search crew.

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