Icy search continues for body of missing woman | SummitDaily.com

Icy search continues for body of missing woman

HARRIET HAMILTON
summit daily news

DILLON RESERVOIR ” Search crews pulled a truck bumper from the icy waters of Dillon Reservoir Saturday, but there still is no sign of the body of Patricia McCormick, despite intense searching by the Summit County Water Rescue Team and the local sheriff’s department.

Investigators continued to comb the shore of the reservoir just west of the scenic overlook on the Dillon Dam Road, looking for any hint of the whereabouts of the the missing woman. McCormick, 63, was the local woman last seen on Nov. 28, 2005, after making routine deliveries as a driver for NAPA Auto Parts.

There had been no trace of her whereabouts until Friday, when McCormick’s badly damaged truck was hauled from the reservoir, but her body was not recovered.

Volunteers assembled Saturday morning to continue the search. Water rescue team members spray painted a grid in a pattern of concentric circles on the ice around where the truck was found. The team drilled through the three-foot thick ice and lowered underwater cameras through the holes in an effort to find McCormick.

Searchers have located some additional pieces of truck wreckage along the shoreline today, and are extending their efforts in that direction.

“They’re just following the trail of debris,” said Frisco police sergeant Mark Heminghous.

The investigation will continue through today, Heminghous said, but it is unclear how long the search will go on without results.

“We’ll take it day by day, and see what we find,” he added.

Friday, a trained cadaver dog was brought in to help sniff out any trace of the missing woman, and it was reported that the dog made a few “hits” while searching for McCormick. It was unclear as to whether crews were focusing their search on areas indicated by the dog on Friday. Another dog, described as a “dog in training” was on the scene today to aid in the search.

The Dillon Dam Road is again open to traffic in both directions.


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