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Search called off after overdue hiker informs family that he's safe

The Boulder County Sheriff's Office had planned a search on Saturday near Hessie Trailhead after the hiker was reported overdue to return.

BOULDER COUNTY, Colo. — A search for a reported overdue hiker was called off Saturday after the hiker's family said they had spoken to him and he was safe, according to the Boulder County Sheriff's Office (BCSO).

The 32-year-old man, whose name was being withheld, went hiking from the Hessie and Fourth of July Trailhead near Nederland on Wednesday. He was possibly headed to Jasper Lake and was due to return on Thursday, BCSO said in a release.

When the hiker failed to return, the family became concerned and notified the sheriff's office on Friday.

Deputies found a vehicle at the trailhead registered to the missing hiker, and a search was initiated. About 20 people from several agencies searched on Friday and were unable to find the hiker. The search was due to resume on Saturday morning with the assistance of aircraft, BCSO said.

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On Saturday morning, the sheriff's office received information that the hiker was more than likely not overdue and postponed the search. Later in the morning, BCSO received a phone call from the hiker's father, who said he had spoken with his son, who was fine, BCSO.

Agencies that helped with the search Friday included the Boulder County Emergencies Services Unit, the Rocky Mountain Rescue Group, Front Range Rescue Dogs and the Boulder Emergency Squad, according to the release.

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