Still no sign of missing Aspen skier; family raises $14K for search efforts

ASPEN, Colo. - Another day of searching for a missing Aspen skier has yielded no results.

Jeff Walker was last was seen on March 7, when his ski pass was scanned at Aspen Highlands. He was reported missing Saturday evening and the search for him began on Sunday.

The Pitkin County Sheriff's Office said search teams from the sheriff's office and Mountain Rescue Aspen were in the field again on Thursday, conducting an extensive search in an area of Aspen Highlands known as the "Oly Bowl."

According to sources from Mountain Rescue Aspen, the area was "covered intensively" but they didn't find any trace of the 55-year-old Aspen resident.

A second, three-person team searched in an area south of South Hayden Road in the Castle Creek Valley on Thursday afternoon.  Search efforts in that area, too, yielded no results.

The Pitkin County Sheriff's Office is evaluating the need for additional searches.  The sheriff's office said it will continue to focus its attention on leads from the public.

Walker is a wine consultant and salesman who is well-known and liked within the food and beverage industry, according to the Aspen Times.

Any information the public may have about Jeff Walker, his actions since March 7 or information about his whereabouts is being sought. This information should be reported to the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office at 970-920-5300.

Walker's brother, Buzz, released an appeal to help find the missing man and help in financing additional searches. 

The family hired a helicopter Wednesday with a trained spotter to help look for Walker.

The family started a web page and set a fundraising goal of $10,000 and had collected more than $14,000 by 5 p.m. Thursday.

"We won't stop looking till we find him, but many of us are out of resources to continue and your giving can help offset this," the message from the family says on the fundraising website. "Help us find Jeff!! His family and friends are missing him dearly."

Friends have also started a Facebook group called "Tie one on for Jeff Walker," asking Aspen Highlands skiers to tie a green ribbon on any tree on the mountain where they searched the tree well.  It's feared that Walker may have fallen into a tree well and been covered with snow.

Walker Family Web Page: http://igg.me/at/Find-Jeff-Walker

Tie One On Facebook Page (you must be logged in):  https://www.facebook.com/groups/549268458446580/