Search continues for man in Flat Tops
Mesa County sheriff investigators think a suicidal Grand Junction man whose unoccupied truck was found in the Flat Tops Monday is dead, a sheriff’s spokesperson says.
Garfield County authorities continued to search Wednesday for the man, whose truck was found in the Jet Lake area.
But Mesa County sheriff’s spokesperson Janet Prell said Robert Dwaine Scott is “presumably deceased.”
Scott, who turned 53 July 17, has been missing since July 30, and he left a note at his home indicating he planned to take his life, said Prell.
“The note that he left was real matter of fact, just along the lines of `time for me to go.’ There were no specific reasons given. It was obviously something he had put a lot of thought into and a lot of effort into to make sure he didn’t traumatize his family as much as possible,” said Prell.
“I think the important thing now is to try to find him and bring some kind of closure to his family,” she said.
She said interviews with other family members revealed no problems that would make Scott want to commit suicide.
The only possibly disruptive thing in his life that they could think of was the death of his mother, whom he was quite close to, but she died a few years ago, Prell said.
Authorities suspected Scott might have gone to the Flat Tops based on the fact that a neighbor had seen Scott looking at a map of the area the last time he saw Scott.
“He asked (Scott) about it and he hadn’t replied, which was a little unusual for him not to respond to questions like that,” said Prell.
An attempt-to-locate call went out to other law enforcement agencies Sunday, and White River National Forest workers found Scott’s truck a day later.
Garfield County Sheriff Tom Dalessandri said local searchers had received information that Scott hunted in the Jet Lake area, so that narrowed the hunt for his vehicle.
No note or other indication of Scott’s plans was found in the truck.
A helicopter from the Colorado Army National Guard was scheduled to assist in the search Wednesday.
Garfield County Search and Rescue was assisted by Mesa County Search and Rescue, and search dog teams from Mesa County Search and Rescue and Crested Butte Search and Rescue.
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