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Crews Resume Search for New Jersey Man Missing in Rocky Mountain National Park

October 11, 2018

Ryan Albert, 30, went missing in Rocky Mountain National Park last week. Crews resumed searching for him today.

Rescue crews today resumed the search for a New Jersey man who went missing while reportedly heading to Longs Peak in Rocky Mountain National Park last week.

Ryan Albert, 30, was reported overdue on Friday 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 Friday afternoon.

Rescue efforts have been hampered in recent days by inclement weather, including waist-deep snow drifts, poor visibility and avalanche hazards.

Crews were able to get to Chasm View, the Keyhole, the Cables, Ledges, Boulderfield and Peacock Pool on Tuesday, but searchers weren’t able to go out at all on Wednesday .

But Rocky Mountain National Park spokeswoman Lindsey Lewis said crews were able to resume searching this morning, with five teams of 27 people and a dog team from Larimer County Search and Rescue searching “high-probability” areas below the tree line in the Longs Peak area.

Lewis said more than a foot of snow has accumulated at the Longs Peak trailhead over the past three days.

Albert, of Marlton, N.J., 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.

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

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