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Search for missing hiker in Silverthorne area concludes

Posted at 1:10 PM, Oct 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-08 18:55:32-04

SUMMIT COUNTY, Colo. — The Summit County Rescue Group (SCRG) said Thursday afternoon that the search for a missing hiker near Silverthorne had concluded, but released no other details, saying more would be forthcoming by midday Friday.

Ken May, 71, an experienced hiker, planned to hike to Willow and Salmon lakes with a detour to the summit of Mount Silverthorne Wednesday. He was expected to return later in the evening, but never came back.

The coordinates of his location sent from his SPOT tracking device last came through around 5:30 p.m., placing him on the ridge line descending from the mountain towards the lakes. The device is no longer sending updates.

Wednesday evening, SCRG sent teams to the area, but couldn't find May after an all-night search. They began searching again Thursday morning.

May was wearing tan pants, a broad brimmed sun hat, a blue backpack and possibly a climbing helmet. Charles Pitman with SCRG said just before 5 p.m. the search had concluded.

"More information will be provided no later than mid-day Friday," Pitman said in a statement.