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RMNP: Park Visitors Reported Seeing, Talking with Missing Air Force Student

November 30, 2018

Tice

Rocky Mountain National Park visitors reported seeing a missing U.S. Air Force Academy student on Saturday.

Micah Tice, 20, of Las Vegas, was reported missing by the Air Force Academy on Monday. Tice was last heard from on Friday, and his vehicle was found at the Longs Peak trailhead.

Park officials on Thursday said that park visitors who were in the Longs Peak area on Saturday spoke with Tice for about 20 minutes. Tice told the visitors he had set out from the Longs Peak trailhead at 6:30 a.m.

The visitors last saw Tice in the vicinity of the Battle Mountain area, between 7:30 a.m. and 8 a.m. as weather condition began to deteriorate. Tice was reportedly wearing a black sweatshirt, black sweatpants, a black hat, black lightweight gloves, tennis shoes and a light blue backpack.

Park officials reported blizzard conditions on Longs Peak on Saturday and search teams this week have faced avalanche hazards, chest-deep snow, bitter wind chills and strong wind gusts.

RMNP Search and Rescue Team members continued to search the Longs Peak area on Thursday, including areas around Longs Peak Trail, East Longs Peak Trail, Granite Pass and Jim’s Grove. Search teams also looked in the Boulder Brook Trail and Storm Pass areas.

High winds kept searchers below 12,000 feet and helicopters could not search the area on Thursday. Rocky Mountain Rescue, Air Force Academy Mountaineering Club, Diamond Peaks Ski Patrol, and Larimer County Search and Rescue assisted in the search.

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, is asked to call 970-586-1204.

Tice is the third person to go missing on Longs Peak since the summer. Jens Yambert of Illinois was found dead in August, while Ryan Albert of New Jersey has yet to be found after being reported missing in October

John Bear: 303-473-1355, bearj@dailycamera.com or twitter.com/johnbearwithme

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