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Search for Colo. Boy Unsuccessful

October 9, 1999

RUSTIC, Colo. (AP) _ Rescuers ended the search for a missing 3-year-old boy on Friday after a week of searching the rugged Colorado mountains.

Jaryd Atadero vanished while on a hike with his 6-year-old sister and 11 members of a Christian group who were staying at a cabin resort run by their father, Allyn Atadero, a physical education teacher.

Larimer County Sheriff Jim Alderden called off the search after a half-dozen searchers and a couple of dogs again failed to turn up any evidence of the boy’s location.

Several searchers who don’t want to give up will be allowed to return to the wilderness area about 80 miles northwest of Denver, sheriff’s Deputy Cindy Gordon said.

The trail will be closed to the public through the weekend at least, partly because officials are concerned that the wreckage of an Air Force helicopter that crashed during the search hasn’t been completely removed. Five people on board suffered minor injuries.

As many as 70 searchers, trackers and dog teams had tried to find the boy in the Poudre Canyon since he disappeared on Oct. 2. Jaryd vanished when he ran ahead of one bunch of hikers and failed to catch up with a second group.

Ms. Gordon said trick winds in the canyon complicated the search.

``They kind of swirl around. Any scent that is there is kind of mixed up,″ she said.

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