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Missing Boulder hiker's dog found, ground search still suspended for Josh Hall

The 27-year-old Arvada man was reported missing from a hike on the Hessie Trailhead near Nederland on Feb. 3.
Credit: Boulder County Sheriff's Office
Josh Hall

BOULDER COUNTY, Colo. — The Boulder County Sheriff's Office (BCSO) said they located the dog of missing Boulder hiker, Josh Hall, who went for a hike with his dog near Nederland on Feb. 3 and didn't return, according to the BCSO.

The dog, named Happy, was found Thursday along the Peak to Peak Highway between mile markers 40 and 41.

Hall, 27, was reported missing on Wednesday evening, after he went on a hike from the Hessie Trailhead, where his vehicle was later found.

Rescue crews are still involved in a ground search for the Arvada man after deciding on Monday to suspend the effort on the ground because of heavy winter conditions. Crews said they will continue to search either when new information surfaces or until the snow melts. 

His cellphone last pinged about noon Wednesday near the Devil's Thumb Trail/Diamond Lake cutoff, near the Continental Divide Trail, BCSO said in a news release.

BCSO said it would continue working with aviation partners to search from the air if weather conditions allowed.

About 70 rescuers assisted in the search from Wednesday night to Saturday evening. Crews checked accessible cabins and mine shafts along the 4th of July Road and along the Devil's Thumb Trail below the Diamond Lake cutoff, the sheriff's office said.

Credit: KUSA
Hessie Trailhead in Boulder County

Hall was last seen wearing a green and khaki jacket, a dark hat and a gray/green backpack. Anyone who finds any of those items or a dog leash was asked to contact Boulder County dispatch at 303-441-4444.

Credit: Boulder County Sheriff's Office
Josh Hall's dog

The organizations that helped in the search were: Rocky Mountain Rescue Group, Alpine Rescue Team, Larimer County Search and Rescue, Diamond Peaks Ski Patrol, Front Range Rescue Dogs, Nederland Fire Protection District, Boulder Emergency Squad, Colorado Search and Rescue Association, Air Force Resource Coordination Center, Flight for Life Colorado and the City of Boulder Watershed.

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