Search resumes today for missing man |

Search resumes today for missing man

NICOLE FORMOSAsummit daily news
AP PhotoRoberto Acosta-Reyes

KEYSTONE – Volunteers from the Summit Rescue Group and the Summit Water Rescue Team spent Thursday covering several miles of the Keystone area in search of a resort employee who was last seen early Tuesday morning.Roberto Acosta-Reyes, also known as Roberto Rojas, 27, was last seen around 3 a.m. Tuesday, after working at a Summit County Restaurant Association party at the Keystone Lodge, said sheriff’s office spokesperson Paulette Horr.His brothers, who live in Denver, reported him missing to the sheriff’s office Wednesday at 9:15 a.m.

Acosta-Reyes works in the food and beverage department at the resort.About 50 Summit Rescue Group members and Keystone ski patrollers began foot patrols with two search dogs at 8 a.m. Thursday, walking along the Snake River between the Mountain House base area and the Keystone Science School and up to the Sunrise employee housing building behind the Texaco, where Acosta-Reyes lives.They also searched along the recreation path between Keystone and Summit Cove, Horr said.

At about noon, searchers took a scent dog and loaded into a canoe to search the surface of Keystone Lake, near the Keystone Adventure Center.Meanwhile, divers boarded a paddle boat and used an underwater camera to look underneath the lake, which goes down 15 feet at its deepest point.Water Rescue Team leader Cris Bezinque suited up and entered the water to explore a cove that they couldn’t see clearly with the camera because it was still under a thin layer of ice.”The search did not produce anything, the search dogs didn’t get hits on anything, so it doesn’t appear there is a body in the lake,” Horr said Thursday evening.

Rescuers may use the underwater camera again today to search underneath a concrete ledge in the lake, she said.Acosta-Reyes and three friends headed to the Keystone Lake at about 3 a.m. Tuesday, following the restaurant association party. One friend was pushed into the lake, and pulled Acosta-Reyes along with him, according to a sheriff’s report. They both exited the water, and the friend went to his car to grab some towels. When he returned, Acosta-Reyes and another friend were gone.Acosta-Reyes didn’t show up for work on Tuesday morning.

According to the sheriff’s report, Acosta-Reyes had been drinking, but his friend said he had a few drinks and didn’t appear to be intoxicated.The sheriff’s office has interviewed everybody who was at the lake Tuesday night, but hasn’t heard anything other than Acosta-Reyes was last seen heading toward the Adventure Center, Horr said.She said there is no reason to suspect foul play.In the sheriff’s report, friends and co-workers described Acosta-Reyes as a reliable employee and said that it was unusual that they hadn’t heard from him.

The search will resume today.Roberto Acosta-Reyes, aka Roberto Rojas

The Keystone employee was last seen wearing a green and white soccer jersey and a black denim jacket. He has black hair, brown eyes, weighs 160 pounds and is 5’7″. He has a burn scar on his right forearm. If you have any information on Acosta-Reyes’ whereabouts, call the sheriff’s office at (970) 453-2232.Nicole Formosa can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 13625, or at

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