GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KREX) — Bad weather forced Delta County Sheriff’s Office to dial back its recent search for a man who went missing just days before the Christmas holiday.

Wayne Phillips, age 51, went out for a day of duck hunting in the Gunnison Gorge National Conservation Area on Dec. 21, but he never returned home. Family members reported him missing around 6 p.m.

Phillips’ wife and son searched the area prior to contacting the police. His family found Phillips’ black Ford F-150 and hunting dog along with other items along the Gunnison river in the area of South River Road near Cool Rock Trail.

Delta County Search and Rescue covered the immediate area on foot and with a drone in an unsuccessful attempt to locate Phillips. Since then, the Hotchkiss Fire Department, West Elk Mountain Rescue, and Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Search and Rescue Dogs of Colorado, Mesa County Search and Rescue and family members have assisted the Search and Rescue Team. As of December 30th, they say their combined search efforts remain unsuccessful.

An extensive search has also been conducted over the river and river banks where Phillips’ family found his belongings. Searchers have used probes, underwater cameras, and sonar. Drones, fixed-wing aircraft, and a helicopter from the San Miguel County Sheriff’s office also conducted air searches.

Inclement weather this week is causing search efforts to be scaled back, but officials say they remain committed to doing everything possible to help the Phillips family.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact the Delta County Sheriff’s Office at 970-874-2000

This is an ongoing search and no additional information is available at this time. Western Slope Now will update this story once more details become available.