Search for missing man continues in Aspen, Snowmass
December 6, 2010
ASPEN – Police used a bloodhound and foot teams to search again Monday for George Aldrich, the Snowmass Village man who has been missing for more than a week. They came up empty.
The bloodhound was able to track Aldrich’s scent from the Truscott bus stop to the nearby Aspen Country Inn bus stop, where the scent ended. Police had tracked Aldrich’s movements on the night of Nov. 27 as far as the Truscott stop, where he got off a Roaring Fork Transportation Authority bus.
He did not report for work on his job as a lift operator with the Aspen Skiing Co. on Monday, Nov. 29 and was subsequently reported missing.
Searchers scoured the Highway 82 corridor from the Truscott stop down to the lower end of Snowmass Canyon on Saturday. Police are asking anyone who was driving downvalley from Aspen after 10:30 p.m. on Nov. 27 and who may have seen an individual hitchhiking in either direction to call 970-315-2103.
Also Monday, crews from the Snowmass Village and Aspen police departments and the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office searched Snowmass Village, where Aldrich resided, looking for clues.
On Sunday, Aspen Mountain Rescue conducted a six-hour, low-altitude helicopter search of the area surrounding the Truscott bus stop, and routes from there to Snowmass Village.
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Aldrich, 28, moved to Snowmass Village from Newport, R.I. in early November. He disappeared after spending the evening with friends at Eric’s Bar in downtown Aspen. A RFTA bus video showed him getting on an 11:15 p.m. bus at the Rubey Park bus station in Aspen, and getting off at Truscott, far short of his home in Snowmass Village, if that was his destination.
According to police, he had a conversation with another bus passenger that suggested he was confused about where he was and that he thought he would have to hitchhike.
The sheriff’s office received a report of someone walking on Highway 82 in the early morning hours of Sunday, Nov. 28, but a responding deputy was unable to find anyone.
Aldrich’s family has offered a $5,000 reward for information about him. Brooke Aldrich Glasgow, one of six siblings, and other family members arrived in Aspen last week, and, according to The Associated Press, Glasgow said Monday that the family hopes the surveillance video from the bus will help with the search.