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Crews Searching for Missing New Jersey Man Who Planned to Climb Longs Peak

October 9, 2018

Crews search for Ryan Albert in Rocky Mountain National Park on Monday.

Rescue crews on Monday were continuing to look for a New Jersey man who went missing in Rocky Mountain National Park last week, but inclement weather has hampered the search efforts.

Rangers were called by Denver police on Friday after Ryan Albert, 30, was reported overdue by a family member who said Albert had planned to climb Longs Peak via the Keyhole route on Thursday.

Albert’s rental car was found at the Longs Peak trailhead on Friday afternoon.

Crews have been searching the area, but the weather has limited how much rescue workers have been able to do.

“The search teams have been met with extreme weather conditions, rime ice, verglas ice and pockets of deep snow in the higher elevation of the search area,” Lindsey Lewis, a spokeswoman for Rocky Mountain National Park, said in an email. “The safety of the ground teams continues to be the priority for those managing the search.”

Lewis said Monday a dog crew was able to search the lower elevations of the search area, but rangers were not able to send out anyone to the higher elevation areas due to ice and snow.

Lewis said there was half an inch of ice and snow at the trailhead Monday morning.

Albert was last seen leaving the Denver area early Thursday, wearing dark clothes and a backpack. Anyone who has been in the Longs Peak area since that day or who might have had contact with Albert regarding his planned route on Longs Peak is asked to call 970-586-1204.

Albert is the second person to go missing in the Longs Peak area this fall. Jens Yambert of Urbana, Ill., went missing in September after telling his family he was going hiking from the Longs Peak Trailhead.

Yambert, 60, was found dead west of Keplinger’s Couloir at about 12,600 feet a few days later.

Mitchell Byars: 303-473-1329, byarsm@dailycamera.com or twitter.com/mitchellbyars

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