Lost hiker in Radium, found in his home
Grand County Search and Rescue (GCCSAR) was paged Monday night around 11:50 p.m. for a lost hiker in the Radium area off the Trough Road, County Road 1.
A group of six men from Summit County had parked along the Trough Road and hiked down to the Radium Hot Springs. On the way back, the man who was the subject of the search elected to take a different route back to the car. When the other members of the group arrived at the parked cars, the subject was not present, according to the report.
GCSAR requested aerial recon by Flight for Life, who agreed and searched with Night Vision with no luck finding the lost man. Next, they arranged to for a handheld FLIR (Forward Looking Infrared) device. The search was negative so they decided to end the search and begin again at daybreak.
Tuesday morning at by 7:30 a.m, GCSAR, a Grand County Sheriff deputy and eight civilians – five teams – were sent into the field. One more team followed later in the morning.
There were no sighting of the lost hiker. Later Grand County Dispatch tried to call the subject on the cell phone, that earlier was dead, and reached him at his home in Dillon.
Teams were recalled at 8:51 a.m. and command was terminated at 10:15 a.m.
John Sanderson, GCSAR president called the subject later that day and was told that he left his party and found a dirt road. He followed the dirt road until it intersected with a larger road, where he waited for someone to drive by. A newspaper deliveryman who was on his route to Granby, Kremmling, Silverthorne, and Dillon picked him up. The subject didn’t know what time he was picked up, but believes he was back in Dillon around 12:30 a.m., according the report.
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