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Lost hiker found unharmed

Staff report

Volunteers from Mountain Rescue Aspen located a hiker Friday night who’d been lost for about nine hours in a rugged area near Thomasville in Pitkin County, according to a statement.

Thomas Metzenthin, 38, of St. Louis, left Thomasville, located about 3 miles east of Ruedi Reservoir, for a half-hour hike down Little Dead Man Trail around 11:30 a.m. When Metzenthin didn’t return by 4 p.m., a local acquaintance called the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office, according to the statement.

The friend told deputies Metzenthin wasn’t prepared for inclement weather and wasn’t carrying food or water. Mountain Rescue deployed seven volunteers on all-terrain vehicles who found him about 8:35 p.m.

“Metzenthin told volunteers that he’d gotten lost due to his unfamiliarity with the area,” the statement said.