Missing man, 8-year-old return home safely from camping trip in Mesa County

MESA COUNTY, Colo. — A man and an 8-year-old boy who went on a weekend camping trip but failed to return as planned Sunday arrived home safe Monday morning, the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office said.

Terry Jackson, 34, left Clifton, northeast of Grand Junction, with his fiancee’s son, 8-year-old Kayden Cook, about 4:30 p.m. Friday to camp and fish near Colorado National Monument or the Glade Park area.

When they failed to return as scheduled, authorities were notified. A search by deputies failed to turn up the pair.

But the two returned home safely just before 9 a.m. after camping an extra night in Montrose County, the sheriff’s office said.

“It is always a good idea to keep loved ones informed of travel, camping, and/or hiking plans,” the sheriff’s office said. “If those plans change, make sure to get a message to them with the updated information.”

Jackson is described as a white man, 5-foot-8 and 155 pounds with graying brown hair and blue eyes. Cook is described as 4-foot and 60 to 70 pounds with blonde hair and blue eyes.

They are believed to be in a 2011 Fort Ranger with temporary tags and a front tag from “Drive Time” car sales.

The sheriff’s office said the truck is a single cab and does not have a topper.