Michigan hunter missing on Buffalo Pass
September 16, 1996
Steamboat Springs — A search crew numbering 30 people and two aircraft scoured the rugged terrain on the Continental Divide northeast of Steamboat Springs over the weekend, looking for a bow hunter from Michigan, who has been missing since Friday.
The man, whose name is being withheld, was reported missing by his brother late Saturday, according to John Witte of Routt County Search and Rescue.
The search is centering on a stretch of the Continental Divide Trail from Summit Lake at the top of Buffalo Pass, north to Mount Ethel, a distance of about nine miles, according to incident commander Mark Steur.
He said the difficulty of the terrain was causing search leaders to withdraw their crews at night.
The man reportedly began his hunt in Jackson County on the east side of the Divide, and search crews are made up of personnel from both Routt and Jackson counties.
The man was equipped with a sleeping bag and tarp, matches and enough food for two days. He is a white male, age 55, with blue eyes and blond hair.
Aircraft involved in the search included a helicopter from F.E. Warren Air Force Base in Cheyenne, Wyo., and a single-engine plane piloted by RCSAR member Rita Donham.
Neither aircraft had any luck spotting the plane.
Rescue workers anticipated maintaining a skeleton crew overnight Sunday and resuming the search in full force at 6 a.m. Monday.