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Hiker found alive

Steve Lynn
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

MINTURN ” Rescuers found a man shortly after noon Monday after he had been missing since Saturday afternoon, said Kim Andree of the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office.

“He’s got a little frostbite and is a little hypothermic, but he’s going to make it,” Andree said.

Rescuers had been searching since Sunday morning for Jacob Gatley, 23, of Lee’s Summit, Mo. They continued their search Monday morning after putting it on hold Sunday night.



Earlier Monday morning, rescuers found tracks in the snow believed to be from Jacob Gatley Sunday in the Holy Cross wilderness, the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office said.

Jacob Gatley had been missing since Saturday afternoon when he did not return to the campsite where he was supposed to meet his brother Josh Gatley, 24, of Lee’s Summit.



The Gatley brothers were hiking down from the summit of the 14,005-foot Mount of the Holy Cross on Saturday afternoon when they were separated at 13,000 feet, authorities said.

Rescuers were searching with 11 volunteers from Eagle, Grand and Routt counties, a dog and a helicopter, the Sheriff’s Office said.

The rescue teams were searching a six-mile stretch of the Halfmoon Trail between 10,000 and 12,000 feet in elevation. As much as a foot of snow has fallen there since Saturday.

Gatley was wearing jeans, tennis shoes, a fleece and a rain jacket and was carrying water and an energy bar when the brothers were separated, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Gatley is an experienced hiker, but was not prepared to camp when he separated from his brother, the Sheriff’s Office said.


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