Hiker spots boy, 11, missing along Arkansas River

Max R. Smith, Chaffee County Times reporter, Jan 14, 2021 A search for a missing 11-year-old boy along the banks of the Arkansas River east of Buena Vista yesterday afternoon ended when a hiker spotted the boy walking safely along the river. “There was a family visiting from Texas, so they were out of town, and he had left about 12:30 p.m., and about an hour had gone by and he hadn’t come back,” said Buena Vista Police chief Dean Morgan. The boy, Josiah Carter, likes to explore, but being absent for that amount of time in an unfamiliar town led his family to contact the police. The call came in at around 1:30 p.m., and Morgan estimates that around 2:30, Carter was found by a Chaffee County Fire Protection District searcher following a tip from a woman walking along the river. “Usually when we start a search like that we throw out a quick dragnet, check some areas he might be, and when that didn’t reveal anything we decided pretty quickly to get some more resources involved,” Morgan said. Chaffee County Search & Rescue-North, Chaffee County Fire Protection District, Buena Vista Fire Department and Chaffee County Sheriff’s deputies were called in to assist, and an incident command post was established at BVPD. “We canvassed the neighborhoods in South Main, which was the area he was last seen, and got the word out to a lot of the businesses and used social media as well to get his picture and everything out there,” Morgan said. In addition, Morgan said that Colorado State Patrol were on the lookout for the boy,...

Search and Rescue called out to three missions

  A Flight For Life helicopter lands above treeline on Mount Yale to rescue an injured hiker . Max R. Smith, Chaffee County Times reporter, August 26, 2020  Chaffee County Search & Rescue-North conducted three missions last weekend to assist hikers who had injured themselves hiking in the Sawatch Range. According to reports on CCSAR-N’s Facebook page, rescuers were paged out at 11 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 22, with a report of a hiker who had fallen approximately 100 feet near 13,800 feet elevation on Huron Peak, sustaining a head injury. Bystanders, including an emergency room physician and an emergency medical technician, assisted the hiker while CCSAR-N and Lake County Search & Rescue teams mobilized to the site. A Flight for Life Colorado helicopter was able to find a landing zone about a mile from the hiker in Huron Basin. The hiker was taken down to the helicopter and flown to Summit County for medical care at around 2:20 p.m. On the way back to the CCSAR-N bay at 2:40, a second call came in regarding a hiker with a broken hip about a mile up Browns Creek trail in the area of Mount Antero. The subject of the mission was carried on a wheeled litter to a Chaffee County EMS ambulance. CCSAR-N was assisted in this mission by CCSAR-South. All team members were out of the field by 5 p.m. The next day, at 12:50 p.m., rescue teams were paged out to Mount Yale for a report of a hiker who had fallen and badly injured her leg, knee and face at about 12,800 feet. “Her companions and other...

Authorities find body west of West Apostle Peak

The Mountain Mail, July 30, 2020 Initially identified as Terry Pann, 60 of Nathrop, the body of a man was found at about 1 p.m. today, Chaffee County Sheriff John Spezze reported. “Chaffee County Search and Rescue located the body of a deceased male west of West Apostle Peak,” Spezze wrote in a press release. Search and rescue have been searching for Pann for the past five days after he was reported overdue after hiking in the Ice Mountain Area in northern Chaffee County. Chaffee County Coroner will transport Pann to Salida and an autopsy will be performed to make a positive identification. Search efforts have been hampered due to inclement weather for the past four days, Spezze wrote; however, the weather broke today and numerous resources were in place to do a much more intense search. Chaffee County North and South, Park County and El Paso County search and rescues, Summit County Rescue Group, Cañon City Helitak, Department of Fire Prevention and Control Multi Mission Aircraft and Flight for Life Colorado were involved in the search today. Reach Air Ambulance has also assisted several times over the past several...

Massive search locates missing 4-year-old near Four Elk

by Chaffee County Times Staff, May 29, 2020 The Chaffee County Communications Center received a call of a missing 4-year-old girl May 29 who had wandered away from a residence in the Four Elk Subdivision. The Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office immediately responded and emergency and search personnel were called, according to a press release issued by Chaffee County Sheriff John Spezze late Friday morning. A massive search began immediately. After nearly 2 hours of searching, the girl was located over a mile from where she was last seen. “She was re-united with her very happy parents soon after she was located,” Spezze said. Agencies responding and assisting were the Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office, Chaffee County Search and Rescue North, Chaffee County Search and Rescue South, Chaffee County EMS, Chaffee Fire, Buena Vista Police Department, Colorado State Patrol, Salida Police Department, Department of Corrections Tracking Team, Colorado Parks and Reach Air Medical. “This is so important to recognize these many agencies who responded immediately as this once again confirms the commitment of our First Responder group to each other and to our community,” Spezze said. “A huge thank...

Maysville woman missing

Cody Olivas, Chaffee County Times, May 12, 2020 Maysville’s Suzanne Morphew, 49, is missing. The Chaffee County Communications Center received a call about a missing female at 5:46 p.m. on Sunday. Sheriff John Spezze said that’s they day they think she went missing. Members of the Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office responded to the area of C.R. 225 and U.S. 50 in Maysville and contacted the reporting party who told them Morphew had reportedly gone for a bike ride in the area and failed to return home. Sheriff personnel called members of Chaffee County Search and Rescue South and North and a search began immediately. The Department of Corrections was also contacted and a request was made for tracking dogs to assist. They responded and joined the search. The search continued into the early morning hours with no results. Search and Rescue resumed the search early Monday morning. They once again scoured the area. Members were then called from the Chaffee County Tactical Team along with search parties from the Department of Corrections and the area was once again scoured. In all over 100 personnel were used during the search of the Maysville area, however by late Monday afternoon, Morphew had not been found. Spezze said the search and the investigation are both still active. The sheriff’s office asks that any person or persons who may have information please call them at 719-539-2596 or the Chaffee County Crime Stoppers at...

Family alerts dispatch after GPS app indicates hiker was static

by D.J. DeJong Mountain Mail December 4, 2019 Two hikers and a dog were rescued from Mount Belford early Monday morning. Chaffee County Search and Rescue North received a call reporting an overdue hiker on Mount Belford at about 3:45 a.m. Monday. One of the hikers, Alec Landingham, 24, of the Denver area was using a GPS app, AllTrails location tracking. Rebecca Hinds of Chaffee County Search and Rescue North said they did not have the name of the second hiker. A family member was monitoring Landingham’s progress remotely and alerted the county communications center after becoming worried when his location was static for several hours. A Search and Rescue ground team hiked up to Landingham’s last known coordinates, while Flight for Life Colorado assisted with a flyover and insertion of a second team above the hikers’ position. A third team assisted with a drone search. Search and Rescue teams were able to rappel down to the two hikers and their dog, who had been stranded on a cliff at an elevation of about 12,200 feet after getting off the trail in the dark. Teams were then able to hike them out safely by about 10:15 a.m., a Search and Rescue press release...