Search parties look for missing hiker |

Search parties look for missing hiker

Courtesy photoPat Wallace, 74, of Lousville, Colo., has been missing for two days in the Indian Peaks Wilderness.

Grand County Search and Rescue members are coordinating with Boulder rescue teams in the search for a missing 74-year-old female hiker.

Pat Wallace of Louisville, who officials report likely suffers from early stages of dementia, separated from her hiking partners to take a different route on the lower part of the Buchanan Pass Trail from the Boulder side on Tuesday, July 3, with arrangements to meet up with her party at the trailhead later, according to Grand County Search and Rescue Spokesperson Greg Foley.

But Wallace was last spotted by hikers near the top of Buchanan Pass heading toward Grand County around 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, the opposite direction from the trailhead. Buchanan Pass is about 9 miles east of Monarch Lake in the Indian Peaks Wilderness.

She was reported as missing at around 4 p.m. on Tuesday.

Wallace is described as having dark brown hair, hazel eyes, and is about 5 feet, 5 inches tall. She was last seen wearing a large floppy hat and knee length shorts. She typically hikes with trekking poles.

“We had teams in the field all Tuesday night and through the day on Wednesday,” Foley said.

Besides ground teams looking for Wallace in both Grand and Boulder counties, a Colorado Air National Guard helicopter team is also searching the pass area, according to Foley.

“We have rescue teams on standby in the event that the helicopter is successful in spotting Wallace,” he said. “In the event the helicopter is unsuccessful, ground teams are ready to do some additional ground search on the Grand County side of Buchanan Pass.”

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Wallace should contact the Grand County Sheriff’s Office at 970-725-3343, or the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office at 303-441-4444.

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