Videotape clue prompts renewed search for missing Snowmass man
December 3, 2010
ASPEN – A videotape captured missing Snowmass Village man George Aldrich boarding a Roaring Fork Transportation Authority bus on Saturday night in Aspen, according to the Aspen Police Department.
He was videoed as he boarded a 10:55 p.m. bus Saturday at the Rubey Park bus station in downtown Aspen. Family members, who have come to Aspen in the wake of his disappearance, identified him after a RFTA employee spotted Aldrich while reviewing the tape.
The videotape indicates Aldrich, 28, rode to the Truscott bus stop on the outskirts of Aspen, where he exited the bus. Although he appeared to be alone, he departed the bus along with several other passengers at 11:05 p.m., police said in a press release issued Friday afternoon.
The video showed Aldrich boarding the bus alone, sitting alone and departing alone. Police are attempting to identify other bus passengers who boarded the same bus Saturday night at Rubey Park.
Based on the new information, a renewed ground search of the Truscott Place area, including Pyramid Drive and the Maroon Creek Golf Course is planned for Saturday.
Aldrich was reported missing on the morning of Nov. 29 when the Snowmass Village Police Department received a report that he failed to show up for work on Monday. He has a job with the Aspen Skiing Co. at Snowmass. A search ensued; Mountain Rescue Aspen helped search the Snowmass ski area and an air search was also conducted.
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Aldrich had been out at Eric’s Bar in Aspen with friends on Saturday night before his disappearance. He moved to Snowmass in early November.
A joint investigation into Alrich’s disappearance is being conducted by Aspen and Snowmass Village police and the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office with assistance from Mountain Rescue and Basalt police.
Police are attempting to obtain usable photographs from the bus video for dissemination, the press release said.