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Little information emerges after two-day search for missing man

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS ” Despite two days of intense searching, no clues emerged Tuesday in the disappearance of a 50-year-old man who hasn’t been seen since last week.

A vehicle belonging to Jeffrey Fossum, of Steamboat Springs, was found on a bridge near a hiking trailhead about 20 miles north of this mountain town Sunday, when a friend reported him missing. He was last seen riding his bike May 24 and little information has emerged since then.

“We know where the car is, and he’s not there,” Steamboat Springs police Detective Bob DelValle said. “Nothing is being ruled out at this point.”

More than a dozen rescue workers used search dogs and a helicopter Tuesday to scour the forested area where Fossum’s SUV was found, including seven miles of the Elk River, which kayakers and boat teams searched Monday.

Snow, mud and rugged terrain have made the search difficult, Routt County Search and Rescue Incident Commander Tim O’Brien said.

Rescue teams looked for small clues, such as footprints or a gum wrapper, “anything that might show that somebody has been in that area,” O’Brien said.

Fossum, a retired financial adviser, was an avid outdoorsman who wouldn’t leave for a backpacking trip without telling anyone, family and friends said.

He apparently left only with day hiking shoes and without his two golden retrievers, which often accompanied Fossum on trips. Both dogs were found wandering town May 24, Steamboat Springs Police Capt. Joel Rae said.


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