Search continues at Mesa Verde National Park for Mitchel Stehling of Texas; Hiker disappeared Sunday

Stehling was on vacation with family

MESA VERDE NATIONAL PARK, Colo. - Rescuers are climbing cliffs and scouring a rugged area near the Mesa Verde National Park headquarters for a Texas man who has been missing since Sunday.

Park spokeswoman Betty Lieurance said Wednesday about 40 people were searching canyons and trails for 51-year-old Mitchel Stehling of Goliad, Texas.

Stehling was on vacation with his wife and in-laws when he went hiking alone on Sunday afternoon, he didn't come back. Lieurance said Stehling might have taken a trail that leads to petroglyphs.

The park contains more than 4,000 known archaeological sites, including cliff dwellings, which are elaborate stone villages that the Ancestral Puebloans built in sheltered alcoves of canyon walls. The ruins are about 40 miles west of Durango.

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