Water bottle found on trail prompts new search for missing Telluride hiker

SAN MIGUEL COUNTY, Colo. — The San Miguel County Sheriff’s Office announced it will resume the search for missing hiker Tim Cannon.

Cannon, 55, was last seen by his wife after reportedly going hiking on July 8, according to the Telluride Daily Planet.

Deputies and volunteers (both from the community and search-and-rescue teams) had been searching for Cannon in the Iron Mountain area near Telluride.

Tim Cannon. Source: San Miguel County Sheriff’s Office

The Army National Guard and Century Link had provided assistance with helicopters.

Additionally, three K-9 teams from Dolores had joined the search at the time, according to the sheriff’s office.

The search was called off Thursday, when San Miguel County Sheriff Bill Masters posted a statement on Facebook citing safety concerns.

“The safety of our teams is always a priority, and the longer this search continues in this treacherous terrain, the risk of injury to these volunteers increases. This is not the outcome we all hoped for.”

On Sunday, the San Miguel Sheriff posted an update saying the search will continue with 40 rescuers and over 20 citizen volunteers on board.

Officials said the focus is on Deep Creek trail where a water bottle was found that may (or may not) belong to Cannon.

On Monday, the sheriff’s office posted an update saying the rescuers and search dogs “covered a lot of new ground” and a drone equipped with a thermal imaging camera with a heat sensor will be deployed Tuesday.

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