Family extends $100,000 reward in disappearance of Eldora employee

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BOULDER COUNTY, Colo. — The last time anyone saw Ryder Johnson was more than a year ago.

Now his family is extending their offer of up to $100,000 for “significant new information” in the case.

Johnson was last seen at Eldora Mountain Resort on the afternoon of Jan. 17, 2016. The 20-year-old was wearing a black Eldora jacket, black jeans and black work boots.

His vehicle was found later that evening at the Gross Dam Overlook parking area.

“This past fall we worked extensively with Colorado Forensic Canines to conduct dog searches in the Gross Reservoir/Walker Ranch areas,” Johnson’s family said in a statement issued Monday.

“In addition, our family, friends and countless volunteers continue to search this rugged and vast area having covered thousands of acres. Additional searches and investigations are planned for the coming spring.

“As part of this ongoing effort, our family is announcing that the $100,000 reward offer is being extended until January 17, 2018 (the second anniversary of Ryder’s disappearance).

(Photo of Ryder Johnson, courtesy: Richard Johnson)
(Photo of Ryder Johnson, courtesy: Richard Johnson)

“A reward of up to $100,000 is being offered for significant new information resulting in the arrest and filing of criminal charges against one or more individuals in connection with Ryder’s disappearance. The reward is also being offered to persons locating Ryder’s body or any of his personal belongings with him at the time of his disappearance.”

The $100,000 reward is being funded by the family and private donations.

Anyone with information is asked to call 303-442-1900, email tips and information to, or call Northern Colorado Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

(Photo of Ryder Johnson, courtesy: Richard Johnson)
(Photo of Ryder Johnson, courtesy: Richard Johnson)

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