Sheriff: No sign of missing hikers near Salida
July 1, 2011
SALIDA, Colo. (AP) – A helicopter search of a four-mile hiking trail on Missouri Mountain has turned up of no sign of two hikers who are missing on a hiking trip.
Chaffee County Sheriff Pete Palmer says a helicopter searched the trail and crevices on Thursday and failed to find them.
Palmer said portions of the trail include rough terrain covered with boulders.
Colorado National Guard spokesman Darin Overstreet says a National Guard helicopter joined the search when it resumed on Thursday.
Palmer says Dr. Michael Von Gortler and his daughter, 20-year-old Makana, went to Missouri Mountain on a hiking trip.
Their family last heard from them on June 21 and they were supposed to return home on Friday.