Rescuers search for hiker who didn’t answer phone calls

Colorado News

The town of Leadville, Colorado is known as the City Above the Clouds, and it’s easy to see why. Sitting at 10,200 feet above sea level, it is the highest incorporated town in the United States. It’s colorful mining history made it, at one point, the second most populated town in Colorado, but these days it is frequented more by tourists and sports enthusiasts.

LEADVILLE, Colo. (AP) — A Colorado search and rescue team is urging people who are late in returning from the outdoors to answer their phones if they get repeated calls from an unknown number after spending hours looking for a hiker who never knew they were the subject of a search.

According to the Lake County team, it made multiple unsuccessful attempts to reach a person reported overdue from a hike on Mount Elbert on Oct. 18 on their cell phone, leading rescuers to launch a search that night. Not long after rescuers resumed their search around daybreak the following day, the overdue hiker, who was not identified, was able to find their own way off the mountain, the state’s tallest, and drive back to their lodging, the team said in a Facebook post Thursday. The person who reported the hiker overdue notified authorities.

The team said one takeaway was that the “subject ignored repeated phone calls from us because they didn’t recognize the number.” However, in response to questions from commenters, one team member acknowledged that it was not known if the hiker had the phone’s ringer and notifications turned off. The member said the team also sent texts to the hiker.

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