Authorities ask public for help locating missing Gypsum firefighter

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EAGLE COUNTY, Colo. -- The Eagle County Sheriff's Office is asking the public for help locating a man who went missing Tuesday.

The sheriff's office said Wednesday that 26-year-old Tayler Esslinger, of Gypsum, was last seen Tuesday morning

Esslinger is a firefighter in the Gypsum Fire Protection District as well as a detention deputy with the county, the sheriff's office said.

He was driving a black 2011 Ram pickup. The truck has Colorado firefighter plates: 719-YBC.

"We believe when he was last seen he was heading into mountains," the sheriff's office said on Facebook.

Anyone who sees the pickup or has information about Esslinger's whereabouts should contact the sheriff's office or the Vail Public Safety Communications Center: 970-479-2201.

There were no leads as of Thursday morning, the sheriff's office said.

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