Search still on for New Castle woman |

Search still on for New Castle woman

Pete Fowler
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

NEW CASTLE, Colorado ” A missing New Castle woman still hadn’t been found and no new information was available late Thursday.

Rose Backhaus, 54, was last seen checking out of the La Quinta Inn in Moab, Utah, around 8 a.m. Sunday morning. She planned to go on a hiking trip but did not return home Sunday night or to work early Monday morning.

Family, friends and co-workers said it was extremely uncharacteristic for her not to show up or call. Cell phone records showed that her phone was last used around 10:20 a.m. Sunday to check her messages.

The cell phone signal bounced off a tower that serves Taos, N.M. It suggests Backhaus, or at least her phone, was in the area of southern Utah, northern New Mexico, or the four corners area, the New Castle Police Department said.

The Grand County Sheriff’s Office in Utah has initiated searches including a 11⁄2 hour airplane flight but did not find Backhaus or her vehicle. Backhaus has been entered as a missing and endangered person into a national crime database covering the Western U.S.

She was driving an off-red or burgundy 2004 Ford Explorer with a gray interior, a bike rack on the back and a 341-JVV Colorado license plate.

Anyone who sees the vehicle or who has information that could help locate Backhaus is encouraged to contact local authorities and the New Castle Police Department at (970) 984-2302.

Contact Pete Fowler: 384-9121

Post Independent, Glenwood Springs Colorado CO

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