Search for missing hikers called off

IDAHO SPRINGS -The search for a father and son from Minnesota ended Wednesday, after search teams were unable to find any clues as to where the two hikers went.

"This is a difficult situation because we didn't have much to go on to continue, to where these two gentlemen possibly would have gone," Alpine Rescue Team member Dawn Wilson said.

The search near Mount Evans was narrowed Wednesday using signals from their cell phones.

Relatives of the two men are now in Colorado, but they can't help search because of dangerous conditions.

Authorities say 51-year-old Damian McManus and 19-year-old Evan McManus, who are from St. Louis Park, Minn., were last heard from on April 2. Searchers were unsure if the father and son were equipped for wintry conditions in the Rocky Mountains.

Family friends in their home state of Minnesota said the past week has been a rollercoaster of emotions.

"I think the silver lining in this horrible tragedy is that we have seen such an amazing outpouring of love and support and prayers from people all over the country," said family friend Andrea Bouzrara.

While the search will officially be called off, small groups from the Alpine Rescue Team will return to the area in the coming months to continue searching on a much smaller scale.

(KUSA-TV © 2014 Multimedia Holdings Corporation with The Associated Press)


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