ESTES PARK, Colo. - A search is under way in Rocky Mountain National Park for a missing Texas man whose rental SUV was found in the Bear Lake parking lot.
Troy Green, 39, did not check in with his wife in San Antonio on Thursday and failed to show up for an engineering conference Friday in Denver. Police issued an alert for his rental vehicle, which was found early Friday morning by Rocky Mountain National Park rangers.
Fourteen searchers, including two dog teams, searched the Bear Lake area Friday. They were pulled from the backcountry Friday night, due to extremely cold temperatures and windy conditions.
Thirty-five searchers focused their efforts Saturday on all major trails in the Bear Lake corridor. Two recon helicopter flights occurred Friday morning, focused on the search area. Park rangers were assisted by Larimer County Search and Rescue and Rocky Mountain Rescue.
Since Wednesday, there have been continuous winds and snowfall in the Bear Lake area. Accumulation of snow varies, based on elevation. At Bear Lake, located at 9,475 feet, there has been 9 inches of new snow since Wednesday. There are numerous trailheads that leave from the Bear Lake area. It is unknown where Green’s destination in the park was or what kind of clothing he was wearing.
A ranger had left a note on his rental car, asking him to contact them when he sees it.
Bear Lake is located on the east side of the park, southwest of Estes Park.
Rangers would like to hear from anyone who was visiting the Bear Lake area of Rocky Mountain National Park on Thursday or Friday. Please call Rocky Mountain National Park at 970-586-1204.
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