The Mesa County Sheriff’s Office has suspended the search for Daniel Walker, who was reported missing Monday, after he and his family did not return home from a cross-country skiing outing Sunday evening.
Deborah Walker, his wife, 49, and Camille Walker, his daughter, 18, spent two nights out in severe elements and were located early Tuesday morning, along with their family dog by Search and Rescue Team members. They are now back home and in good health.
Mesa County Search and Rescue workers and others from all over the Western Slope and the Front Range worked diligently over the last four days, but have not been able to yield any significant signs of activity after locating his family on Tuesday.
Members of the Search and Rescue Team were able to follow snowshoe tracks and found his two ski poles, but after 18” of snowfall and severe gusts of winds on Tuesday night, no new tracks have been located.
The search area has been a closely defined location and the Sheriff’s office strongly believes that if Daniel was in this area and walking around, we would have been able to locate him.
Representatives with the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office notified family members via phone and in-person that activated search efforts for their loved one will be suspended for 3-4 days. The Recovery Phase is the next step of the search process and will consist of utilizing the Mesa County Search and Rescue Ground Teams, dog handlers and outside aerial support next week. This is tentatively schedule for Tuesday or Wednesday.
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