Search efforts for missing doctor suspended due to weather; James McGrogan missing since Friday

EAGLE COUNTY, Colo. - Eagle County authorities say poor weather has forced them to suspend their search for a missing doctor who was separated from his hiking group and hasn't been seen since Friday afternoon.

The sheriff's office says the search for 39-year-old Dr. James C. McGrogan was suspended at noon Tuesday. It's unclear when the search will resume.  Heavy snow was falling Tuesday in the area.

McGrogan's mother, Arlene McGrogan, of Chesterton, Ind., told The (Munster) Times her son recently returned to northern Indiana to work in the emergency department of St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Mishawaka, just east of South Bend.

Fellow hikers said McGrogan decided to continue ahead of the group during a break on a trip to the Eiseman Hut north of Vail. McGrogan had a large pack with food, water, medical supplies, a GPS and other tools.

Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center issued a statement on McGrogan.

"Dr. McGrogan joined the SJRMC medical staff in February as a partner of Valley Emergency Physicians," the statement said. :We ask that you say a special prayer for Dr. McGrogan, his wife, family and the devoted rescue personnel searching for him."

Anyone who may have information about the location of McGrogan was urged to call the Eagle County Sheriff's Office at 970-328-8500 or Eagle County Crime Stoppers at 970-328-7007, 800-972-TIPS. Tips can also be submitted online at www.tipsubmit.com, or by text from your cell phone by texting STOPCRIME plus your message to CRIMES (274637). 

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