Search for missing Snowmass man enlists residents |

Search for missing Snowmass man enlists residents

ASPEN – The Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office is calling on a limited number of residents to report Thursday morning to help canvass “targeted areas of the community” in the search for George Aldrich.

The Snowmass Village man disappeared Nov. 27 after getting off a RFTA bus on the outskirts of Aspen and has been the subject of intensive searches up and down the upper valley.

Search organizers are seeking 50 residents “to join members of the law enforcement community at the Brush Creek/Hwy 82 intercept lot at 10 a.m. to search targeted areas of the community,” a sheriff’s office press release said. The statement was issued late Wednesday. “We anticipate the search event to last until approximately 2 p.m.”

Sheriff’s investigators, after meeting with Colorado Search and Rescue Board experts, “identified areas of the community that could be searched again.”

The sheriff’s office has mobilized an incident management team that is “eager to involve the local community in the continued search for George Aldrich,” the release said. “We understand the citizens of our local community want to help, and their assistance is greatly appreciated.

“However, at this time we only require 50 volunteers.”

Those interested must call 970-315-2392 to register for the search (be prepared to provide name and contact information). Those who are successfully registered should show up promptly at 10 a.m. at the intercept lot.

The “operation is a locally targeted event, focusing on specific areas that require a specific number of people,” the release said. “To ensure the safety of all volunteers we must restrict the number of volunteers to 50. Our search effort may increase in the future, and a larger number of volunteers may be required at that point.”

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