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Lost hunter spends chilly night on 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 this morning.

Roger H. Debenham, 68, of Drake, got lost while hunting on his own near Heart Lake in the Flat Tops north of Glenwood Springs.

According to Tanny McGinnis, community relations deputy with the Garfield County Sheriffs Office, Debenham became disoriented during the snowstorm and failed to rendezvous with his hunting party Tuesday afternoon. The group reported him missing at 3:30 p.m. Search and rescue teams from Garfield and Eagle counties were called out to look for the missing man, McGinnis said.

About 8:30 Wednesday morning Debenham was able to make contact via two-way radio with his group. They found him at 9:30 a.m. near Grizzly Lake, about three miles south of their hunting camp on White Owl Lake.

McGinnis said Debenham was uninjured.

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