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Search for missing Colorado River kayaker suspended until conditions of river change

Ari Harms went missing last week from the Pioneer Park campground in Hot Sulphur Springs, authorities said.

HOT SULPHUR SPRINGS, Colo. — Crews have called off the search for a man who went missing after he took an inflatable kayak onto the Colorado River last week.

The Grand County Sheriff's Office said after a six-day search for Ari Harms, crews have decided to suspend official search operation, for now. The Sheriff's Office said they spoke to Harms' family and made the difficult decision to suspend search operations until the conditions of the Colorado River change in the upcoming weeks.

Deputies will continue to monitor the area on a daily basis, the Sheriff's Office said. Anyone traveling in the area are asked to be vigilant and report any sightings to Grand County Dispatch at 970-725-3311.

Harms, who's in his 30s, was reported missing at 1:52 p.m. Monday by a host at the Pioneer Park campground in Hot Sulphur Springs. The host said there was a vehicle at the campsite that should have checked out already, the Sheriff's Office said in a news release.

Other campers had seen Harms take a kayak into the Colorado River, and no one had seen him since.

The Sheriff's Office and Grand County Emergency Medical Services searched for Ari Harms in Byers Canyon and surrounding areas but didn't find him. The search and investigation were ongoing, the Sheriff's Office said.

Fliers were being distributed locally. Anyone who sees Harms can call the non-emergency phone number for Grand County dispatch at 970-725-3311.

Hot Sulphur Springs is about 100 miles northwest of Denver on U.S. 40.

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