UPDATE: Rangers Find Missing Man in Rockies

5 years 1 month 1 week ago October 27, 2011 Oct 27, 2011 Thursday, October 27 2011 Thursday, October 27, 2011 2:05:00 PM CDT in News
By: Megan Johnson

UPDATE: Searchers found the missing hiker. His condition is being assessed and medial officials are figuring out the best way to get him out of the park.

ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK - Park rangers are searching for a missing 22-year-old Branson man who is missing in Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado.

Andrew "Andy" Lund called 911 from his cell phone around 8:30 a.m. on October 26 and thought he was somewhere above Lake Haiyaha seeking shelter under a large boulder. Lund had hitchhiked to the Bear Lake Trailhead on Tuesday, October 25 at approximately 2:00 p.m. Overnight temperatures on Tuesday dropped to colder than 25 degrees and more than a foot of snow fell in the area by Wednesday morning. Lund was unprepared for the deep snow and winter conditions, but does have a sleeping bag, tarp and whistle.

Park rangers had been speaking with Lund hourly on his cell phone, but after 3 p.m. rangers were unable to make further contact. They attemped to track Lund's location through his cell phone but the phone did not appear to have a GPS feature.

Rangers searched the area west of Lake Haiyaha and  used air horns and whistles to try to contact Lund. The area had more than 18 inches of new snow and temperatures last night were forecasted to be 5 degrees with a wind chill of -5 degrees.

Searchers came out to the area Wednesday night and continued Thursday morning. This morning, park rangers assisted by Colorado Mountain School and Larimer County Search and Rescue searched the trail. Helicopter search efforts are also underway. 

Andy Lund is 5' 10", 125 pounds with long blonde hair. He is known to be wearing a camouflage jacket, blue ski cap, jeans and green army pack.

 

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