Grand County Search and Rescue renews search for missing hunter
Grand County Search and Rescue (GCSAR) resumed the ongoing search for missing hunter Richard Kothanek last weekend with the favorable weather.
Kothanek was last seen on Saturday, Nov. 15, in the Meadow Creek Reservoir area near Tabernash. Kothanek was reportedly unprepared for incoming snow and extreme cold temperatures.
Search and Rescue Incident Commander, Greg Foley, reported, “teams from Grand County SAR, and several Front Range search teams scoured the Trail Creek and Meadow Creek areas in the days immediately following the subject’s disappearance. No signs or clues have been detected.”
GCSAR utilized the “Mutual Aid” agreement between local Mountain Rescue Association teams and government agencies to add manpower and equipment to the local search.
“Twenty-two GCSAR team members … were joined by search crews from Rocky Mountain Rescue, Douglas County SAR, Arapahoe Rescue Patrol, Vail Mountain Rescue Group, Summit County Rescue Group, Alpine Rescue Team, as well as dog teams from Garfield County, Larimer County SAR & Park County SAR, also assisted,” Foley said. “Agencies and private individuals, including helicopters from the Wyoming National Guard & Colorado Air National Guard, along with Flight For Life Colorado, and a privately owned UAV drone, have also been used since the search began.”
The search for Kothanek has consumed nearly 1,000 man hours over the course of six search periods, spanning the last three weeks. GCSAR plans to revisit the search in late spring, but will support any private parties wishing to search through the winter.
Grand County Search and Rescue is a nonprofit, all-volunteer organization providing four-season emergency backcountry service at no charge. Donations are always welcome.
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