Search for missing Emma man suspended again Thursday |

Search for missing Emma man suspended again Thursday

Hunter Hyde, a 28-year-old man from Emma, last seen Monday

Staff Report

Authorities are seeking any information on the whereabouts of Hunter Hyde, who has been missing from his residence in Emma for several days.

The search continued again Friday but with no leads for finding Hyde, who was last seen on the evening of Jan. 24 at his residence in Emma. He is a 28-year-old white male, 5 feet, 11 inches tall and 175 pounds with longer brown hair, according to a news release sent Wednesday night from the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office. Anyone who has seen Hyde or knows where he may be should call the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office at 970-920-5300.

The Sheriff’s Office received a request for a welfare check on Hyde around 1:30 p.m. Tuesday after he did not show up for work and did not answer calls from co-workers. No one appeared to be at his residence at the time.

Pitkin County deputies and Basalt Police Officers responded to Hyde’s residence and searched the area, as well as a nearby hiking trail that Hyde was known to frequent. The Sheriff’s Office requested assistance from Mountain Rescue Aspen team members who responded with an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle and ground search teams.

“After several hours of searching and daylight fading the search was suspended overnight,” the release states.

The search resumed Wednesday with county deputies and Mountain Rescue Aspen team members searching an area spanning approximately 10 square miles, including backcountry trails and area roads. Ground teams, scent tracking dogs and unmanned aerial vehicles conducted the search.

Care Flight of the Rockies joined the search Wednesday with a helicopter based out of Rifle. But with no further signs of Hyde and “all daily search objectives complete, all searchers were recalled from the field” Wednesday’s release stated.

County deputies returned to the area Thursday morning and “conducted a more focused ground search of the adjoining properties” in the area that was previously searched Wednesday by unmanned aerial vehicles and a helicopter, according to an updated news release Thursday night.

“(T)he ground search allowed for a more detailed search of a targeted area. With the permission of neighboring residents, deputies were able to look on private lands that may have not been visible from the aerial searches,” that release states.

County deputies did not find any further signs of Hyde and had completed all daily search objectives by Thursday afternoon and completed search operations around 3 p.m.

“Further search efforts are currently being evaluated and planned for in the coming days,” the release states.

Searchers went out again Friday and found no new leads.