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Missing teen wanders back during SAR operation

A daylong search for a missing Pa. teen, who was staying at the C Lazy U Ranch when he disappeared, ended Tuesday evening August 2 around 5 p.m. when the missing male wandered back to the mountain resort property as local authorities prepared to conduct one final search for the evening.

The young man was dehydrated, disoriented and covered extensively with bug bites but was otherwise unharmed. It was a positive resolution to what could have been another tragic missing person case in Grand County. Two weeks ago officials spent multiple days searching the Gore Canyon area of the Colorado River for missing Avon teen Patrick Kelsall whose body was unfortunately discovered under the surface of the river.

The 18-year-old man who went missing from the C Lazy U Ranch, just north of Granby on US Highway 125, wandered off the property sometime Monday evening, August 1. The search for the missing teen, whose name is being withheld to protect the family's privacy, included local Search and Rescue personnel, firefighters, Sheriff's Office personnel and aerial searches conducted via helicopter. C Lazy U Ranch staff also assisted extensively.

County officials said they did not believe the missing teenagers intentions were malicious and that the young man had left the property on a, "walk about" Monday evening before becoming lost and wandering the woods for several hours. According to authorities the teenager and his family are familiar with the C Lazy U Ranch property, which they have vacationed at previously.

Officials from the Grand County Sheriff's Office (GCSO) praised the C Lazy U Ranch and staff for their efforts during the search. Public Information Officer for the GCSO Lt. Dan Mayer said C Lazy U Ranch staff had already conducted an organized search of the ranch property by the time more official search operations began getting under way Tuesday morning. Ranch staff remained involved with the search efforts throughout the operation.

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