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A New Mexico man was rescued near Avalanche Creek Thursday, after spending at least one night in the wilderness.

The Pitkin County sheriff’s office reported that a search started Wednesday after Kerry Garcia of Albuquerque was reported missing by his wife.

He was apparently in the area over the holiday weekend to scope out a hunting camp for later this year.



Garcia was found after rescuers heard his cries for help. He was found stuck in the cliffs above a tributary of Avalanche Creek in the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness. Avalanche Creek is off Highway 133 between Carbondale and Redstone.

The victim was apparently caught in a place where he could neither climb any higher nor go back down the way he came.



Carbondale fire department ambulance personnel examined Garcia and released him to his family Thursday.

Brad Kruzick, 53, likely died within minutes of being ejected when his SUV tumbled off a remote road on Arbaney Gulch Road, a jeep road about a mile north of Phillips Hillside trailer park seven miles east of Basalt. Kruzick lived in the trailer park.

Kruzick and the wreckage weren’t found until 26 hours later.

While a Colorado State Patrol press release said drugs and alcohol were factors in the crash, deputy county coroner Eric Hansen said he preferred to wait on the results of a toxicology report.


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