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Park County Search and Rescue suspends search for man last seen on Feb. 2

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Posted at 9:15 PM, Feb 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-12 23:15:11-05

PARK COUNTY, Colo. – A search and rescue operation for a Park County man last seen nearly two weeks ago has been suspended.

Michael Blair was last seen on Feb. 2 but wasn’t reported as missing by his mother until Feb. 6, according to Park County Sheriff Tom McGraw.

On Tuesday, McGraw said they were treating the operation near the Alma area as a recovery.

“It's with heavy heart that at this time, Park County Search and Rescue has officially suspended the search for Michael Blair due to safety concerns and weather conditions,” said a spokesperson with the sheriff’s office in a statement released Wednesday. “The continuing snow storms since Michael's disappearance has caused the potential for avalanches to become too great a threat to our team members and volunteers.”

The spokesperson said their search and rescue team experienced an avalanche while searching for the man “only minutes after Search and Rescue and volunteers had passed through the area.” The spokesperson said no one was caught in the avalanche.

The sheriff’s office, along with Blair’s family, request that people refrain from searching for the man until conditions have improved.

Blair’s disappearance did not appear to be suspicious, McGraw said Tuesday.

Anybody with information on Blair's whereabouts is asked to call Park County Search and Rescue at (719) 888-4816.