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Search Scaled Back For Probable Suicide Victim

Canyonlands National Park

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On Tuesday, May 13th, the park was notified of the disappearance of a 65-year-old Minnesota man who’d left home with a detailed plan to take his life in the Salt Creek drainage in the Needles District. After verifying that he’d been dropped off on a backcountry road by a shuttle service, park staff began a search for him in hopes of averting the suicide attempt. Protection rangers from Canyonlands, Arches, Natural Bridges and Glen Canyon were involved in the operation, with assistance provided by the Mesa Verde helitack crew and by numerous SAR dog teams from Rocky Mountain Rescue Dogs. Following several days of fruitless searching, efforts were scaled back to a limited continuous mode on Saturday, May 17th. Indications are that the man followed through on his plans in a remote, isolated section of the park’s backcountry. The rugged, varied geology of the area made the search extremely difficult.



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