ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK, Colo. -- The search continued for a missing hiker in Rocky Mountain National Park on Thursday.
Crews received critical new information. Micah Tice has not been seen since Saturday morning when he was on a hike in the Longs Peak area.
Tice’s family is not losing hope. On Thursday afternoon, search crews said they spoke to individuals who saw Tice hiking on Saturday morning.
His mother Janice said details from that very interaction are telling of who her son is.
“One of the men said, ‘Boy it’s really cold out here. I’m really cold.’ So Micah is in sweatpants and a sweat jacket and tennis shoes and he says, ‘Oh, I’ve got an extra sweatshirt in my backpack. Do you want it?’ That’s Micah. Micah is a giver,” she said.
Those hikers told the search teams they spoke with Tice for about 20 minutes Saturday morning.
They last saw him in the Battle Mountain area between 7:30 a.m. and 8 a.m.
They also described what he was wearing, including a black sweatshirt, black sweatpants, a black hat, black lightweight gloves, tennis shoes and a light blue backpack.
Rocky Mountain Rescue, Air Force Academy Mountaineering Club, Diamond Peaks Ski Patrol, and Larimer County Search and Rescue were involved in Thursday’s search effort.
Tice is a U.S. Air Force Academy cadet candidate. His mom described him as a man with strong faith. She says she is moved by the show of support she’s seen in the last few days.
"Just the love. That’s wonderful," she said. "That’s just wonderful. It’s more than words can say and I want to say thanks."
The family is raising money to help pay volunteers and potentially a private search and rescue team.
Anyone who has been in the Longs Peak area since Saturday morning or who might have had contact with Tice regarding his planned route on Longs Peak are asked to call Rocky Mountain National Park at 970-586-1204.AlertMe