Local resident missing ‘without a trace’ in mountainous Colorado paradise


The search for a missing 28-year-old man is underway in Pitkin County, Colorado, home to Aspen and Basalt.

According to the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office, Hunter Hyde, 28, of Emma (2 miles southwest of Basalt), has not been seen since Jan. 24 at his home. When Hyde failed to show up for work on January 25 and his calls went unanswered, questions about his whereabouts were raised and a request for a welfare check was made.

Authorities responded to Hyde’s residence, searching the area and a nearby hiking trail that Hyde was known to frequent. In addition to foot patrols, unmanned aerial vehicles, a helicopter and scent detection dogs were also used.

No sign of Hyde was found and all search objectives were met, with the team scouring 10 square miles of the nearby area, searching for backcountry trails and roads. The effort to locate Hyde continues, with the search continuing on January 27.

A significant amount of snow has fallen in this area over the past few weeks, with light snow falling in recent days.

Hunter Hyde, a white male, is described as 5ft 11in and 175lbs, with longer brown hair.

Anyone with information about Hyde’s disappearance is asked to contact the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office at 970-920-5300.

The Pitkin County, Colorado area is very popular for tourism, with many visitors traveling to the area en route to Aspen. The main attraction of the area are the many natural features, including mountains, forests and streams.

Thank you to the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office, Basalt Police Department, Mountain Rescue Aspen and Care Flight of the Rockies for their involvement in this case.

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