Search for missing Texas man in Rocky Mountain National Park enters day 3

ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK, Colo. — Search efforts continue in Rocky Mountain National Park for a missing 39-year-old man from Texas.

On Sunday, 45 people plus a number of search dogs scoured the Bear Lake area for Troy Green from San Antonio. 

Green was reported missing on Friday afternoon. He was in Denver and scheduled to attend a conference, said Kyle Patterson, spokesperson for Rocky Mountain National Park.

When his wife did not hear from him, she contacted Denver police.

On Sunday, park rangers spoke to two witnesses who said they talked to Green at 1 p.m. Thursday at the Bear Lake Trailhead, but they did not see which direction he went from there.

Patterson said further investigation revealed that Green bought additional gear when he arrived in Colorado.

“It is possible that he was wearing black snow pants, a black puffy down jacket, black gloves and a black balaclava.  He also was seen wearing hiking boots and a royal blue and grey camelback,” Patterson said.

Park rangers are being assisted in the search by the Larimer County Search and Rescue, Rocky Mountain Rescue, Douglas County Search and Rescue, Arapahoe Rescue Patrol, and Summit County Rescue. 

Rescuers are focusing their efforts on trails in the Bear Lake area, particularly on off trail areas in the Mill Creek Drainage and the Flattop Mountain area. 

On Saturday, 35 people were assigned to help in the search for Green. Patterson said recon flights occurred over the search area Saturday, and an aerial search will continue on Sunday. 

Friday morning, park rangers found Green’s rental car in the Bear Lake parking lot.

“There are several trails leading from the Bear Lake parking lot,” said Patterson.  “Because we don’t know what his destination was, we don’t know where to focus.”

Green’s wife told police her husband, who has minimal hiking experience, packed a parka coat and tennis shoes before leaving Texas. 

We don’t know if he stopped somewhere and purchased the necessary gear needed to hike, said Patterson.

RMNP recorded nine new inches of snow that fell from Wednesday through Friday night. 

Searchers continue to face extremely cold temperatures, strong winds and drifting snow. 

Intensive search efforts will continue between Bear Lake and Dream Lake, according to Patterson. 

If you were visiting the Bear Lake area of Rocky Mountain National Park on Thursday, January 31, or Friday, February 1, park rangers would like to hear from you.  Please call Rocky Mountain National Park at (970) 586-1204.   

Paula Vargas contributed to this report.