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Volunteers Continue Search for Lance Hering - Updated

Submitted By: John McNamee on Sep 5, 2006


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Although the official search was called off on Sunday, friends and family are still searching Eldorado Canyon for any sign of the missing marine.

If you are up there keep an eye out for him. See today's new article in the Rocky Mountain News

Update:
It now appears that the disappearance was staged. See the article in today's RMN for details


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By Jeff Barnow
From: Boulder Co
Sep 6, 2006

Not to say that this is the case but after a week of searching a relatively small canyon and the circumstances of his war situation isn't it possible that he doesn't want to go back to war and therefore is hanging out somewhere else? All I know is that if I was over in Iraq dealing with those traumas and came home to a place like Boulder the last place I would want to go is back to war.

By ScoRo
From: Portland, OR
Sep 6, 2006

I'm sure Iraq is the last place he wants to return to, but I would hesitate to label him as a deserter, and I think considering the circumstances, it would be disrespectful to assume as much. I am against the war, I do support the troops (including my younger brother who has served two intense tours in Iraq and recently returned to Colorado for a short while), but let's just try and not go around throwing totally unsubstantiated comments out there. Not saying you couldn't be right, perhaps we should just let the events to come in the future speak for themselves.

By Shawn Shannon
From: Everett, WA
Sep 6, 2006

I don't know him, and only comment on the superficial side of things.
I have to admit, that it's peeked the curiousity of some myself and friends. For those that have been there, it is hard to imagine not finding someone in Eldorado Canyon. He would have to go significantly out of his way, and out of normal thought (up and over steep ridges rather than the no brainer of down to the river and follow it to the parking lot) to get somewhere where you can't find him. It just makes you wonder if something else is going on, perhaps even criminal, or something in the realm of what Jeff said.

Again, just a curiousity. I feel for his family that's working hard to find him. Heck, if I wasn't out of town working I'd probably see if I could help. I'm sure it's just an accident with an unfortunate ending.

Peace for him and his family.

By grega
Sep 6, 2006

Exactly Dave.. at 5am with head trauma.. Who knows where you'd go. Typical adult male's will generally go up hill when lost and children go down. I've been in Eldo and at Walker several times. It's easy for me to speculate that perhaps he went toward Walker on an easy trail and kept traveling the trails at Walker (left or right).. then getting further from "civilization" headed up hill above Boulder.. then... My point is he could have traveled a VERY long way, quickly. Remember the lost boy scout from UT www.cnn.com/2005/US/06/22/missing.scout/

By George Bell
From: Boulder, CO
Sep 6, 2006

Strange thing is I was up at the Rincon the evening he had his accident (8/29) and we came out after dark, but we didn't see a soul on the hike down, but there was one other car left at the Rincon parking lot. It appears they must have passed by us on the trail while we were climbing at the Rincon.

By Scott Duke
Sep 7, 2006

Check out the Denverpost.com
It appears to be an AWOL situation.

By Shawn Shannon
From: Everett, WA
Sep 7, 2006

Apparently Jeff had it right with his theory.

www.denverpost.com/ci_4300154

Seemed suspicious...

By Legs Magillicutty
From: Littleton
Sep 8, 2006

I KNEW IT! If I was a betting woman. . . heheh.
There were so many things that just didn't add up. 1. Marine 2. From the area. 3. Lots of civilization in either direction of the Canyon. 4. Nothing picked up by the dogs. 5. The upcoming tour in Iraq. 6. No sign of being dragged off by animals. I'm glad he's alive. I'm sure his family is filled with some relief and now some anger, worry and confusion. On a positive note, it was very nice to see all of these people come together, give up their free time, get wet, cold, dirty and even a little emotional over a complete stranger. It reminds me that there is really a lot of good out there in the world. Too bad it took someone doing something so wrong to open my eyes to that.

By Friso Schlottau
Sep 8, 2006

The thing that bugs me about this most is - how many people will actually help out the next time around when someone is really lost / hurt / etc.

'Wolf' was just seriously abused...

By Legs Magillicutty
From: Littleton
Sep 8, 2006

I will.

By Chris Cavallaro
Sep 8, 2006

Come on now Friso...how many times has this happened? One time is not gonna change many attitudes towards rescues as a whole, but it will change my view of this jerko!

By handtruck
From: Boulder, CO
Sep 9, 2006

I think most of us called this one when the news broke, we just didn't want to sound insensitive. These two should receive the full force of the law and the ostracization of the climbing community. They are young and dumb, yes, but everyone knows lying is wrong. What a couple of imbeciles. I agree with Dave, why couldn't the asshole just have gone missing instead of all the hooplah!?!

By ScoRo
From: Portland, OR
Sep 11, 2006

Right on, got it all cleared up it seems. Even my hairs pricked up a little bit when I read the reports, at least he's alive.

By Jerome Stiller
From: Golden CO
Sep 12, 2006

A quick take on this from someone who has been a mountain search & rescue volunteer for over 8 years (ie. me):

We go on missions when requested to by the local sheriff's department. We go because we're called, and we don't decide on an individual basis if the mission is "worth it" or not. We rescue idiots and liars with the same effort and professionalism with which we rescue people who just happen to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. We don't judge (well, maybe we do after the fact), we go and do our best each and every time because that's what we do. We'd much rather go out after 10 people who "don't deserve it" and perhaps help them and/or their families than not go out after 1 person who truly needs help and doesn't get it. And even if the individual in question is an idiot and/or liar, there is almost always a family that is comforted knowing that we are out there doing our best.

In addition, every mission we go on is one more opportunity to hone our skills and work with other teams and agencies. However, we would prefer if everyone was always safe and lucky and we never had to go help anyone again!

have fun & play safe!

By Jeff Barnow
From: Boulder Co
Sep 12, 2006

Much props to all the search and rescue people that keep us safe. Although I hope I never have to use your services, I am always happy to know that people like you are waiting to help in the case of a mishap. Regardless of whether you are chasing liars or saving good people, I appreciate what you do and the safety blanket you cast for all that like to enjoy the outdoors. Luckily, in a society like ours, there are few wolf criers, and honorable people that will go out on the line for someone they have never met because that is what they do.

Sorry that Lance wasted your time and put the rest of us at risk during that period, your efforts are still appreciated by many for looking regardless.

By Kaner
From: Eagle
Apr 17, 2007

Is this guy still on the run? Last I heard, Union Station caught him on camera buying a bus ticket but they never tracked him down.

I wonder if his family has had any word from him. I talked to local Marines that assisted in the search and once they learned they'd been betrayed by one of their own, they said it was switching from a search party to a hunting party! What a waste of a lot of people's time and money.

On the flip side, I love these mysteries. How exciting to leave it all behind, friends, family, responsibilities, laws, etc... and just disappear. Somewhere inside, I respect him and his being able to evade the authorities. Straight out of a movie kind of stuff. Stage your own injury/death to give you some time to put distance between the hunted and hunters, going on the run, living on the lamb. Good stuff Lance, and if he's out there somewhere, I wish the renegade luck! Also, sorry for his family, friends, and anybody that spent physical and mental energy on this guy.