New Castle woman’s disappearance remains a mystery |

New Castle woman’s disappearance remains a mystery

Pete Fowler
Glenwood Springs correspondent
Aspen, CO Colorado
Rose Backhaus

MOAB, Utah ” Nothing more has turned up in the case of a New Castle woman who disappeared after she left Moab, Utah on Nov. 16.

Rose Backhaus, 54, hasn’t been found, and authorities haven’t uncovered any additional evidence to hint and where she is or what might have happened to her, Emery County Sheriff Lamar Guymon said Monday.

“If the weather keeps, we’re going to schedule some more searches,” he said. “We’re still monitoring all of her accounts and things. There’s been no action there.”

Backhaus left for a hiking trip in Moab. She was last seen checking out of the La Quinta Inn there the morning of Nov. 16.

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Friends, family and co-workers became alarmed when she didn’t return home that night or to work the next morning as planned. They said she was a level-headed person who wouldn’t run away and would have at least called had her plans changed. Backhaus worked at Copy Copy in Glenwood Springs.

Authorities discovered her Ford Explorer Nov. 24 at Goblin Valley State Park, about 70 miles west of Moab. Backhaus wasn’t located despite multiple searches by air and by foot with the help of dogs. A witness reportedly saw Backhaus walking into Little Wild Horse Canyon, part of a popular loop trail. Notes in her car indicated she’d arrived at Goblin Valley State Park Nov. 16 and was happy.

Family and friends have spent time in Utah helping out with the search efforts. Rough terrain has made the search difficult. Now, snow covers the area.

“I would think that if she is out there, the way the weather’s been, and the time, I would think that it’s more of a recovery than a rescue,” Guymon said.

He said authorities have been searching “thousands” of acres both inside and outside the state park. He doesn’t plan on giving up.

“Well, we’ve got to find her,” he said. “It’s real simple. We can’t just say, ‘Yeah, she’s dead,’ leave her and walk away. I keep looking at it, as I have family and this could happen to them.”

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