Search continues for missing man today |

Search continues for missing man today

David Cook

About 20 volunteers from search and rescue teams across Colorado were scheduled to set out at first light today to look for an Albuquerque man missing in the Maroon Bells area for the last week, according to a statement from the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office.

The Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office sent out requests Tuesday to sheriffs across the state asking for volunteers to search for David Cook, 49, according to the statment. Personnel from Alpine Search and Rescue, Summit County, Rocky Mountain Rescue, Vail Search and Rescue, Garfield County Search and Rescue and Gunnison County Search and Rescue will take part in today’s operation.

Search efforts did not take place Tuesday, said Alex Burchetta of the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office.

Flight For Life Colorado also will take part in the effort today and use its helicopter to transport ground personnel into the backcountry to cut down on the time it takes to reach the search area and reduce the risk to searchers traveling over snowy terrain, according to the statement.

Cook, an experienced climber who planned to climb both the Maroon Bells and Pyramid Peak by himself, has been missing since Tuesday. Volunteers from Mountain Rescue Aspen began searching for him Thursday morning but did not go out into the field Friday and Saturday because of poor weather conditions.

Further searches were conducted Sunday and Monday, though Cook remains missing.

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