Search and Rescue Crews Spend Day Looking for Hunter Who Wasn't Missing

By: Tim Ciesco Email
By: Tim Ciesco Email

Search and Rescue teams spent most of Sunday looking for a hunter they thought had been missing since yesterday morning. The only problem was that he wasn't missing at all.

The Mesa County Sheriff's Office says it received a call at 9:30am on Sunday from a hunting party on the Grand Mesa, that told them a member of their party was missing.

They told authorities they last saw their friend leaving the camp at 10am Saturday morning.

Search and Rescue crews spent seven hours looking for the man, before the search was called off at 6pm. That's when they found out the man wasn't anywhere near the Grand Mesa.

Authorities say they learned the man had become angry with members of his hunting party, so he got on his ATV and left them.

They say he drove his ATV to Paonia and hitched a ride to Delta, where he got on a bus to return home. Authorities learned he called his wife from the bus, but not until they had spent all day searching for him.

While searching for that man, rescue crews were able to locate a second missing hunter. He was found in good health after being separated from his hunting party.

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