Posted: Jun 24, 2013 6:21 PM by Keele Smith - MTN News
Brad Spalding went missing nearly two weeks ago and the search for him is proving to be a challenge.
"There's no trail, no tracks, no jacket, clothing, crumbs, food wrappers, tracks or anything. That's what makes this so difficult," said Allan Lutes, Park County sheriff. " And this terrain is so rough and thick that you know, you could look and he could be within a hundred feet and you couldn't see him."
Officials say they're using every resource available to find Spalding--and they'll keep looking for as long as it takes.
So far, the only clue is Spalding's car--which was found last Monday near the George Lake trailhead.
Crews are looking for him in the air and on the ground with the help of search dogs.
Commanders are logging the search with GPS devices so they don't backtrack and waste time.
And volunteers are eager to jump in and help.
"I hope that the officials allow the public to come up here," said Bud Blazier, Livingston resident. "Preferably with a pistol and bear spray and a rifle and a vest and walkie talkies and look for this guy.
Officials say volunteers can only go out looking with trained crew leaders--because of the dangerous terrain and wildlife.
And the continuous search is wearing some of the leaders out.
But Lutes says they're not giving up.
"We have to do what it takes," he said. "That's what our job is, that what the taxpayers pay for us for is to do search and rescue. And we don't give up easy. You can't. We all hope that next minute we're going to find him.
Officials say the first three days of the search cost roughly $25,000. They are asking anyone who may have information relevant to the search to please contact Park County Dispatch at 222-2050.