Missing Chaffee County hiker survives cold front, found unharmed

CHAFFEE COUNTY, Colo. (KKTV) - A 36-year-old hiker survived the coldest night of the season out in the elements and has been found unharmed.

The Chaffee County Sheriff's Office confirmed Shuei Pako was found Tuesday by a helicopter, four days after he was last seen. Pako had set out to hike Mount Missouri Saturday morning but failed to return home or call in. His car was found at the trailhead.

After a search Sunday failed to yield any results, the sheriff's office grew more concerned. A cold front was coming and temperatures were expected to plummet. As any hiker acquainted with the higher elevations knows, that can mean extreme cold in the mountains. With the cold front, conditions deteriorated too much Monday for crews to continue looking for Pako, and the search was suspended until Tuesday.

Tuesday, with crews searching by air and on foot, Pako was finally spotted southeast of Mount Missouri. The sheriff's office said he had gotten lost.

Pako was in good shape despite his ordeal and refused medical treatment, the sheriff's office said.