Ohio man planning to hike Mount Harvard reported missing

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(Photo: Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office)

BUENA VISTA, Colo. — Search and rescue teams are looking for an Ohio man who went missing in the mountains of central Colorado last week.

Gene George, 64, of Bay Village Ohio, has not been heard from since Wednesday when he called a friend. George was staying at a hotel in Buena Vista and had planned to hike Mount Harvard either the next day or Friday, said Pete Palmer of the Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office.

Sunday, George failed to checkout of his hotel room and the owner called police saying he was missing.

Authorities found George’s vehicle parked at the North Cottonwood Creek trailhead, which is one trail that runs up Mount Harvard.

Searchers failed to find any sign of George on Monday. Search teams from Summit, Eagle, Gunninson, Pitkin and Teller counties have arrived to help with the search for George.

In all 40 hikers, four search dogs and two horseback teams are looking for George, Palmer said.

Two helicopters have been ordered to help with the search as well.

George works as a lawyer practicing admiralty and maritime law.