ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK, Colo. — The search for a Broomfield man who did not return from a hike up Longs Peak entered its third day Wednesday with no leads on finding the 25-year-old.
Peter Jeffris was reported missing Monday after he did not arrive at work as scheduled. His car was found in the parking lot of the Longs Peak Trailhead after he set out Sunday morning to summit the 14,259-foot peak.
Rocky Mountain National Park officials said they would concentrate Wednesday’s search below treeline because of hazardous conditions, including extreme winds above 11,500 feet.
Search crews will also look at drainages leading to the north and east of the peak, as well as use spotting scopes from a distance, focusing on the Ledges and Trough along the Keyhole Route, Kiener’s Route and Lambs Slide.
Park officials don’t know the exact route Jeffris took, but he told friends he was considering the Cables Route on the north face. Officials say he was not prepared to spend the night, and temperatures have plunged to below the past three nights and high winds sent wind chills to dangerous subzero levels.
The Rocky Mountain National Park Search and Rescue Team is being aided Wednesday by the Alpine Rescue Team, Larimer County Search and Rescue, Diamond Peak Ski Patro, Search Dogs of Colorado and the Colorado Search and Rescue Board. There are 32 people involved in the search.
If anyone was in the Longs Peak area on Sunday and has any information, they are asked to call park rangers at (970) 586-1204.