Search for 2 missing hikers near Echo Lake

KUSA – Two hikers are missing after they went for a hike last week in Clear Creek County.

Damian McManus, 51, and his 18-year-old son Evan were last heard from on Wednesday.

A family member told 9NEWS that father and son are from the Minneapolis area, and had been staying in Lakewood after driving to Colorado for a trip.

A family spokesperson told KARE in Minneapolis the father has military experience and speaks with a British accent.

Searchers in helicopters and snowmobilers fanned out to find the pair on Sunday. ​The search was called off late Sunday night due to adverse weather and darkness.

A relative of the family said the father and son were planning a day-long hike near Echo Lake as part of a 'father-son' bonding trip.

Although McManus is a skilled outdoorsman, family told KARE it would be unlike him to take a risky hike or put his son in a dangerous situation.

The rest of the McManus family was on a trip out of the country until Sunday afternoon. That's when they reported the pair overdue to the Clear Creek County Sheriff's Office.

According to Bill Barwick with the Alpine Rescue Team, the search will resume Monday morning - just south of Echo Lake Lodge off Highway 103. Barwick said there is no cell service in that area. He said the altitude is around 10,000 feet and it's very cold and windy. The area has had snowstorms between Monday and Sunday.

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