Extended family member of missing Collbran men speaks out

By: Sara Zendehnam Email
By: Sara Zendehnam Email

COLLBRAN, Colo. Authorities sent out a helicopter Monday morning in search of Dan and Clancy Nichols and Wes Hawkins who are lost in head waters of west Salt Creek. Their focus is finding them and while their extended family waits they said they're staying positive and keeping faith they'll come home.

Jake Gross says when she got the news of her missing family members she jumped into action and is trying to help the recovery efforts, "The community is always giving and caring we're just a pit stop to help any operations they need up there we'll help with."

Grocery stores and community members have been donating to the Twisted Sisters Grub Box where Gross's sister is the owner. Friends and family are coming together to bring water and food to emergency responders who are feverishly working to find their loved ones who are trapped in the massive mudslide.

Mesa County Sheriff Stan Hilkey said Clancy Nichols is a Mesa County Road and Bridge employee. Commissioner Rose Pugliese went out to the sight of the slide Monday to meet the family.

"It's really important for them to know as part of our Mesa County family that we support them," Pugliese.

All the people assisting with the rescue are hoping for a positive outcome.

"Everybody on this mountain is praying for a miracle right now and we hope that they may be stranded somewhere or they avoided it," Sheriff Stan Hilkey.

As for the family they will continue to help those who are helping them while they wait for answers.

"Our hope is that we get those three people out of there and they can be reunited with their family and this community can heel and take care of them," Gross.

The Red Cross and Salvation Army were also at the scene Monday offering food and support to family and crews.

A press conference is scheduled for Tuesday at noon with updated information.

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