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Text message may lead rescuers to missing Summit County snowmobilers

Ryan Slabaugh
Summit County correspondent
Aspen, CO Colorado

SUMMIT COUNTY ” The Summit County Search and Rescue Group is pursuing a text message Tuesday that could lead them to three missing snowmobilers, according to the Summit County Sheriff’s Office.

The trio ” John McKibben of Kremmling, Colo.; Greg Morris of Florida, and Murry Melloni of Littleton, Colo. ” left for a day outing on Sunday and didn’t return. They were reported missing late Monday, prompting a search that began Tuesday morning.

McKibben is a longtime resident of Kremmling. He is self-employed concrete contractor. He has two grown sons and a brother who live in Grand County.

According to rescuers, two of the men are together ” Morris and Melloni ” but McKibben has separated from his companions. The two men sent the text message, which indicated they could hear the snowmobiles nearby.

The rescuers have determined the men are alive; they have found a snowmobile and found tracks, according to the sheriff’s office.

Dozens of rescuers on snowmobiles, along with helicopters from the National Guard, are searching for the trio.

Search and Rescue was notified by the brother of one of the missing parties on Monday evening, after three friends who were searching for the group became stranded at a cabin in the Elliot Ridge area near Mayhan Lake, north of Silverthorne.

Those men exited the search area at about midnight Monday.

Weather conditions prevented the start of a search by rescue personnel until Tuesday morning. Avalanche danger remains an issue.

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