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Missing hunter located, returned to camp by Mountain Rescue Aspen

Staff report

Volunteers with Mountain Rescue Aspen located a missing hunter and returned him to his camp Wednesday.

The Pitkin County Sheriff's Office was alerted at 11 p.m. Tuesday that Charlie Johnson, 55, of New Richmond, Wisconsin, didn't return to his camp about 17 miles south of Sunlight ski area in extreme western Pitkin County. His hunting partners said Johnson left the camp at 9 a.m. and hadn't returned. The Sheriff's Office consulted with Mountain Rescue Aspen that night.

"Due to the remote nature and wooded area in this location and only a vague description of the location, authorities made arrangements to begin a search the following morning," a statement from the Sheriff's Office said.

Mountain Rescue Aspen members began a search early Wednesday morning and located Johnson at about 5 p.m. in an area known as Miner Basin. A medical examination was performed in the field and Johnson checked out fine. He was escorted back to his camp and left with family and friends.

About 20 members of Mountain Rescue Aspen participated in the rescue. All personnel were out of the field by 8 p.m.

"The Pitkin County Sheriff's Office would like to remind the public to be aware of the risks involved with being in the backcountry, and to carry the necessary provisions for navigation, hydration, clothing and changing weather," the Sheriff's Office statement said.

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