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Search turns up no trace of missing Carbondale man

Janet Urquhart
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado

William Worley

REDSTONE – Two more days of searching in the Redstone area turned up no trace of missing Carbondale man William Worley and efforts were once again suspended at the end of the day on Sunday.

On Saturday, swift water rescue teams from the Carbondale and Basalt fire departments searched a stretch of the river along Redstone Boulevard and extending below the rapid known as the Meat Grinder, north of town. Other fire department members combed the banks along both sides of the river.

On Sunday, Garfield County Search and Rescue personnel and two dogs, along with members of Mountain Rescue Aspen, searched an area north of town where two mudslides have occurred, the most recent one on Thursday. Thick scrub oak below the slide area was also searched, and the area near the trailhead where Worley’s car was found was also scoured again.

“We found absolutely no trace of Mr. Worley,” said Deputy Jesse Steindler of the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office, incident commander for the weekend efforts. “We’ve covered it so well, where we have searched, he is not there.”

The mudslide area, where mud poured off the hillside and closed Highway 133 last Thursday, was an area that search teams felt hadn’t been sufficiently checked during the initial search, in early August, Steindler said.

Crews looked over the area “just to cover all our bases,” he said.

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Until some new information comes to light, the search is finished, Steindler said.

Worley, 61, was reported missing July 30. A search began Aug. 4 after his car was found at the East Creek Trail near Redstone. Rugged terrain near Redstone was searched on foot, with dogs and by air. The initial effort was called off after four days.

Redstone is a small community about 16 miles south of Carbondale.

janet@aspentimes.com