James Nelson, 31, of Chicago was reported missing by his fiancé the evening of October 8. The Vail Mountain Rescue Group began searching for James the following day. Over the last two days, more than 28 volunteers from have covered his 25-mile proposed route and have found no trace of him.
The Colorado National Guard High Altitude Aviation Training Center is dropping search teams in the field and conducting an aerial search.
James is an experienced hiker, but this is his first hike in Eagle County. He is equipped with proper gear and supplies, but is not carrying a cell phone.
The search will end at 6:00 p.m. Sunday, and resume tomorrow morning at 6:30 a.m., when rescue crews will extensively search areas off of the trailhead.
The Colorado Search and Rescue Board is asking for additional assistance.
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