Utah search for missing New Castle woman continues
December 2, 2008
MOAB, Utah ” Authorities still searched for a New Castle woman Monday about two weeks after she went missing in Utah.
“We still have dogs and people working the ground out there today,” Emery County Sheriff Lamar Guymon said Monday.
Authorities have searched for 54-year-old Rose Backhaus in Goblin Valley State Park, about 70 miles west of Moab, since Nov. 24, when they discovered her Ford Explorer in a parking lot there. But neither Backhaus nor any other signs of her had been found by Monday.
Search efforts have included airplane and helicopter flights. Backhaus’ son and others have been in Utah trying to help find her.
Guymon said the search efforts would continue Tuesday and would be evaluated on a day-to-day basis.
“We’ll stay as long as we have something we can work on,” he said. “We’ll see what tomorrow brings. We’re going to play this day by day.”
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Backhaus, on a hiking trip by herself, was last seen checking out of the La Quinta Inn in Moab at about 8 a.m. on Nov. 16. Family, friends and co-workers were alarmed when she didn’t return home that night or to work at Copy Copy in Glenwood Springs the following morning as planned.
A tip from an Emery County road department employee led authorities to her burgundy Ford Explorer in the Goblin Valley State Park on Nov. 24. Notes in her car reportedly said she arrived at the state park Nov. 16 and was happy.
The 3,654-acre state park includes a number of long and narrow slot canyons. Her vehicle was parked at a trailhead near the well-traveled Little Wild Horse Canyon. It’s one of the most famous slot canyons in Utah, a Utah state parks website says.
Authorities located a witness who saw Backhaus walking into the canyon from the parking lot, Guymon said, but no one could be found who saw her after that.