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Lost hunter found after a chilly night in the Flat Tops

A hunter lost in the snowstorm that hit the high country Tuesday spent a cold night in the open but was found by friends Wednesday morning.Roger H. Debenham, 68, of Drake, got lost while hunting south of Heart Lake in the Flat Tops north of Glenwood Springs.According to Tanny McGinnis, community relations deputy with the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office, Debenham had gone off to hunt on his own and became disoriented during the snowstorm. He was reported missing at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday after he missed a rendezvous with others in his hunting group and they were unable to reach him by two-way radio. Garfield and Eagle County search and rescue teams were called out to look for him.McGinnis said Debenham tried to light a fire but the wood was too wet to ignite. Then he made a bed out of pine boughs and spent the night. About 8:30 Wednesday morning rescuers were able to contact him via radio. They found him at 9:30 a.m. near Grizzly Lake, about three miles south of the group’s hunting camp on White Owl Lake.McGinnis said Debenham was uninjured. The Associated Press reported that Debenham’s wife spoke to him soon after he was found.Karen Debenham said she had spoken to her husband and he was “as best as can be expected. He’s tired, cold and hungry.”Contact Donna Gray: 945-8515, ext. 16605dgray@postindependent.com

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