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A lesson for us all

Dear Editor:

We would like to offer our profound sympathy to the family and friends of George Aldrich at this very difficult time. We would also like to acknowledge their assistance and input while enduring the uncertainties of this tragic incident. Their courage has been a lesson to us all.



The investigative team will continue to follow all leads in an effort to provide answers that explain the cause of this incident. However, we realize that the reasons why this tragedy occurred may never be known.

We would like to convey a personal “thank you” to everyone who has assisted with the search for George Aldrich. We have been deeply appreciative of the time and effort put forth by members of the Aspen Volunteer Fire Department; RFTA; the Aspen Skiing Co.; the Alpine Rescue Team of Evergreen, Colo.; North Shore Maritime; Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office; Garfield County Sheriff’s Office; Garfield County Search and Rescue; Wayne Rudd; many departments within the city of Aspen and Pitkin County; the press, both locally and statewide; the Basalt and Carbondale police departments; the Colorado Bureau of Investigation; the Pitkin County Coroner’s Office; the Snowmass Village Police Department; the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office and members of the Aspen Police Department.




Particular thanks and recognition go to Mountain Rescue-Aspen for their absolute dedication and remarkable expertise over the course of the last few weeks. Their commitment has been inspiring.

We have all been overwhelmed with the outpouring of public support as well as the community’s commitment and willingness to contribute to the search for George. Whether it be combing along a snowy pathway or distributing posters, we are grateful for the assistance.

With sincere thanks,

Richard Pryor, Aspen Police Department

Bob Braudis, Pitkin County Sheriff

Art Smythe, Snowmass Village Police Department


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