Hunter found 3 days after going missing in Rio Blanco County

RIO BLANCO COUNTY, Colo. — A 61-year-old hunter from Michigan who was last seen Saturday morning was found safe Tuesday morning, the Rio Blanco County Sheriff’s Office said.

The man was last seen about 8 a.m. Saturday near his camp by Pagoda Lake in the White River National Forest, about 45 miles northeast of Meeker.

The man’s hunting partner told the sheriff’s office the two were supposed to meet for lunch, but that he never returned. The partner reported the man missing Sunday at the Ripple Creek Lodge.

A search team from Rio Blanco County Search and Rescue, Routt County Search and Rescue, Grand County Search and Rescue, the sheriff’s office, Meeker Fire and Rescue, the U.S. Forest Service and the BLM found the man waving at them from a distance.

Two team members reached the man, who was described as somewhat confused and dehydrated. Paramedics checked on him and found he was uninjured.

He was taken to Pioneers Medical Center in Meeker to be treated for exposure and dehydration.

The man’s family, who arrived in the area on Monday, greeted the man when he came down the trail.