Rescuers Begin Second Day of Searching Longs Peak Area for Missing Student
Rocky Mountain National Park rescue crews are resuming their search today for an Air Force student who went missing in the Longs Peak area last week.
Micah Tice, 20, of Las Vegas, was reported missing by the United States Air Force Academy on Monday. Tice was last heard from on Friday, and his vehicle was found at the Longs Peak Trailhead. It was not known what route Tice might have been taking.
The weather Saturday on Longs Peak was poor with significant snow accumulation, bitterly cold temperatures and extremely high winds, according to park officials.
Rocky Mountain National Park Search and Rescue Team and members of the Larimer County Search and Rescue Dog Team will be searching the area in and around the Longs Peak Trail, East Longs Peak Trail, Granite Pass and Jim’s Grove, according to Rocky Mountain National Park spokeswoman Kyle Patterson.
Teams will also be searching the Estes Cone, Boulder Brook Trail, Storm Pass and Roaring Fork Drainage areas.
Due to the high winds, there will not be an aerial search and rescuers will only be searching areas below 12,000 feet in elevation.
Rescue crews on Tuesday searched sections of Longs Peak Trail, Boulder Field to the Keyhole area and the trail to Chasm Lake. Summit County Search and Rescue and Alpine Rescue Team assisted in the search.
Rescuers were also able to conduct a brief aerial search Tuesday before the helicopter was grounded by high winds.
Anyone who has been in the Longs Peak area since Saturday morning, or who might have had contact with Tice regarding his planned route on Longs Peak, is asked to call 970-586-1204.
Tice is the third person to go missing on Longs Peak since the summer. Jens Yambert of Illinois was found dead in August , while Ryan Albert of New Jersey has yet to be found after being reported missing in October.
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