Missing man’s bag found in Flat Tops
Searchers looking for a potentially suicidal man in the Flat Tops Thursday found a bag they believe belongs to him.
The black duffel bag thought to belong to Robert Dwaine Scott, 53, of Grand Junction, was found along a short trail between Jet Lake and the lake’s trailhead, where Scott’s truck was found earlier this week.
A bag by the same description was reported missing from Scott’s home following his disappearance July 30.
Garfield County Undersheriff Jim Sears said authorities are still investigating whether the bag that was found belonged to Scott, but he said it stands to reason that it’s the missing bag.
The only thing found in the bag was a float tube of the kind used by fishermen on lakes.
Mesa County sheriff investigators believe Scott committed suicide, based on a note that was found at his home indicating he planned to do so.
Scott had been seen looking at a map of the Flat Tops prior to his disappearance, and liked to hunt in the Jet Lake area. Those clues led searchers to discover his unoccupied truck.
A helicopter from the Colorado Army National Guard helped in the search Wednesday but was unavailable Thursday. However, a ground search continues to go on.
Garfield County Search and Rescue is being assisted by search and rescue teams, and in some cases 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.
Sears said there has been no attempt to search Jet Lake yet.
Also helping out in the search are cavers provided by Glenwood Caverns. There are numerous caves in the vicinity, and search and rescue crews have been marking caves needing to be searched, Sears said.
There was no indication that Scott was involved in caving, he said.
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