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No new clues found in search for missing New Castle woman

Pete Fowler
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Rose Backhaus

UTAH ” Nothing more has turned up in the case of a New Castle woman that went missing in Moab on Nov. 16.

Rose Backhaus, 54, hadn’t been located, and authorities haven’t found any more evidence leading to exactly where she is or what happened to her, Emery County Sheriff Lamar Guymon said Monday.

“If the weather keeps, we’re going to schedule some more searches,” he said. “We’re still monitoring all of her accounts and things. There’s been no action there.”

Backhaus left for a hiking trip in Moab. She was last seen checking out of the La Quinta Inn there the morning of Nov. 16. Friends, family and co-workers became alarmed when she didn’t return to home that night or to work the next morning as planned. They said she was a level-headed person who wouldn’t run away and would have at least called had her plans changed. Backhaus worked at Copy Copy in Glenwood Springs.

Authorities discovered her Ford Explorer Nov. 24 at Goblin Valley State Park, about 70 miles west of Moab. Backhaus wasn’t located despite multiple searches by air and by foot with the help of dogs. A witness said they saw Backhaus walking into Little Wild Horse Canyon, part of a popular loop trail. Notes in her car reportedly said she’d arrived at Goblin Valley State Park Nov. 16 and was happy.

Family and friends have spent time in Utah helping out with the search efforts. Rough terrain has made the search difficult. Snow has also covered the area.

“I would think that if she is out there, the way the weather’s been, and the time, I would think that it’s more of a recovery than a rescue,” Guymon said.

He said authorities have been searching “thousands” of acres both inside and outside the state park. He doesn’t plan on giving up.

“Well, we’ve got to find her,” he said. “It’s real simple. We can’t just say, ‘Yeah, she’s dead,’ leave her and walk away. I keep looking at it as I have family and this could happen to them.”

Contact Pete Fowler: 384-9121

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