Missing snowmobilers found after night out near Glenwood | AspenTimes.com

Missing snowmobilers found after night out near Glenwood

Pete Fowler
Glenwood Springs correspondent
Aspen, CO Colorado

GARFIELD COUNTY ” Two snowmobilers missing near Sunlight Mountain Resort, outside Glenwood Springs, were found Monday morning.

They were in good condition other than being cold, tired and hungry. Garfield County Search and Rescue members found the two snowmobilers shortly after 9 a.m. near Haystack gate, about 10 miles up Forest Service Road 300, said Tanny McGinnis, Garfield County Sheriff’s Office community relations deputy.

The sheriff’s office did not offer any additional information.

The snowmobilers were Tom Hahn, of Glenwood Springs, and his son J.T., according to Sherry Kennedy, a friend of the family. She said the two went for a snowmobile ride around 1:30 p.m. Sunday in the Four Mile Park area and did not return in a few hours when they planned to. The Hahns reportedly couldn’t find their way back due to poor visibility and decided to stick out the night.

“I think what happened is that a storm moved in pretty quickly,” Kennedy said.

Tom Hahn’s wife became concerned when the two didn’t return as planned; Kennedy’s husband, Steve, drove to the parking lot and saw the Hahns’ vehicle was still there, Sherry Kennedy said.

Garfield County Search and Rescue volunteers plus some other experienced snowmobilers went out to search until about 3 a.m., Kennedy said. At that point they decided to call it off until the sun came up.

There was a helicopter on standby in case the snowmobilers hadn’t been found by about 10 a.m., Kennedy said, but searchers located the two snowmobilers just after 9 a.m.

“The Search and Rescue guys did a great job. They were very professional,” she said.


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