Happy ending for missing hiker near Edwards

By: KKCO Email
By: KKCO Email

A hiker who "did everything right" is safe and sound Monday after being reported missing late Sunday.

Just after 8 p.m. Steven Volenec, 57, of Broomfield, was reporting missing by his father in-law David Muller after they got separated hiking in the New York Mountain Trailhead area near Edwards. Muller, 74, is from Denver.

Eagle County officials say Vail Mountain Rescue Group crews weren't able to start searching for Volenec until Monday morning due to darkness and rough terrain. Officials say just before 9 a.m. Monday crews ran into Volenec as he was driving his car away from the trailhead.

According to Volenec, he tripped, fell and broke his glasses while hiking. He says he was disoriented and couldn't see clearly. Because nightfall was coming, he decided to stay put until morning when he made his way back to the trail and his car.

Rescue crews say Volenec "did everything right". They say if you get lost in the backcountry, don't continue on, retrace your steps. If you can't, stay put, conserve energy and water, make yourself visible and wait for rescue.


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