The search for Alma resident Michael Blair continued as of Feb. 11, according to Park County Search and Rescue incident commander Wes Sumrall.
Blair is an avid, and by all accounts a capable outdoor enthusiast, who went missing Jan. 30. He is believed to be located near Alma in the vicinity of CR 14, Venture Road, and Mountain View Drive, and was last seen departing the Valley of the Sun area on foot with a split board and a new avalanche float bag in his possession.
Blair, who has blond, shoulder-length hair, is approximately 5-6 and weighs about 140 pounds.
Due to a recent string of winter weather, PCSR has been unable to launch a full-scale search for Blair. But according to Sumrall, he and his team were making preparations for an intensive search under clear skies that were set to get underway Tuesday morning.
“Michael is an experienced snow-boarder and rock-climber,” Sumrall said. “We are in the process of staging an extensive search right now.”
PCSR has publicly stated that it has all the necessary personnel and equipment to conduct the search, and that no outside help is required.
The Park County Sheriff’s Office recently released the following statement:
“We sincerely appreciate the outpouring of support from the community; however, due to the dangerous nature of current mountain conditions, we ask that individuals do not attempt to search on their own. Please reach out to PCSR at 719-888-4816 if you have any information.”
Anyone with new information about Blair’s whereabouts can also contact Sgt. Leffler at 303-816-5901, or call Park County dispatch at 719-836-4121, extension 5.
The PCSR team, comprised of 25 members, responded to 53 incidents in 2019.