Missing Park Ranger

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Rescuers are expected to get out again Monday to search for a missing Rocky Mountain National Park ranger.

Jeff Christensen, of Fraser, was last seen by co-workers Friday morning at the Chapin Pass Trailhead off Old Fall River Road as he planned to start a backcountry patrol. The 31-year-old didn't contact park staff that evening and didn't arrive Saturday for his shift.

More than 50 people joined the second day of the search Sunday, including members of the Grand County search and rescue team, Rocky Mountain Rescue Group, Front Range Rescue Dogs, park staff and park volunteers.

Two helicopters assisted, one of them equipped with an infrared heat-seeking device.

Park spokeswoman Kyle Patterson says searchers are hopeful because the weather has been good and Christensen is an experienced mountaineer.

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