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Flat Tops search suspended until Sat.

Greg Masse

The search for the possibly suicidal man thought to be missing in the Flat Tops was suspended Sunday, but it will resume this Saturday after investigators re-interview his family.

After a week of intensive searching for 53-year-old Grand Junction resident Robert Scott by search and rescue units from around the Western Slope, crews decided to call off the search until more information can be gathered, Garfield County public information officer Ron VanMeter said.

The hope is that new information will help the crews to find Scott.

“The plan is to have three or four specialists from Denver come up from the Colorado Search and Rescue Board and re-interview family members,” VanMeter said. “They’re also going to try and get a search dog from Wyoming.”

Then, on Saturday and Sunday the plan is to thoroughly search the area where they think Scott might be located, he said.

Scott’s truck was found last week in the Jet Lake area and he left a note at his home indicating he planned to take his life, investigators said last week.

On Thursday, investigators found a bag that they think belongs to Scott. Investigators said family members revealed no problems that would make Scott want to commit suicide.

Last week, a helicopter from the Colorado Army National Guard helped in the search, as well as Garfield County Search and Rescue, search and rescue and dog teams from Mesa County, Delta County, Crested Butte, Eagle County, Aspen and Grand County. DBS Helicopter Service in Rifle also helped in the search.


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