Dozens gather for memorial for missing snowshoer |

Dozens gather for memorial for missing snowshoer

MESA, Colo. – Relatives of a snowshoer missing since a backcountry trip with his wife and daughter last month thanked search and rescue teams during a memorial service Saturday at a lodge on Grand Mesa, where he disappeared.Dan Walker, 54, has not been seen since Jan. 9, when he left the women with the family dog while he went to look for help after the three got lost during an outing on the 10,500-foot-high Grand Mesa.Rescuers found his wife, Deborah, and the couple’s 18-year-old daughter, Camille, two days later, after the pair had spent one night taking shelter near a tree and the next night in a snow cave that they dug out. The search for Dan Walker was called off days later, with overnight temperatures falling below zero with wind chills as low as minus-19 on the mesa.”If there was a place that he had to spend eternity, the Grand Mesa would be somewhere that would be wonderful. I believe Dan will be here for eternity,” Deborah Walker said Saturday.She said her husband enjoyed spending time outdoors and skiing.”He’s my partner of 20 years and I am going to miss growing older with him,” she said.Sheriff’s officials and searchers also attended the tearful service.

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