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Nov 1, 2007
Recovered Camping Equipment Leads to Search
Thursday, November 1st, 2007 - Cmdr. Phil West #303-441-3621


Thursday, November 1st, 2007

TO: Boulder County Area Media
FROM: Cmdr. Phil West #303-441-3621
RE: Recovered Camping Equipment
Case #07-6067

On Sunday, October 28, 2007, at approximately 7:30 p.m., the Boulder County Sheriff's Office received a call from a concerned citizen who had discovered several items of camping equipment lying in the middle of the Beaver Creek Trail, just above the Mitchell Lake Trailhead, west of Brainard Lake in western Boulder County. The citizen found a camping backpack containing several articles of clothing and miscellaneous personal toiletries, a camping stove fuel bottle, four sleeping bags, and cooking pots. The citizen felt it odd that the property, some of which appeared to be fairly new, was abandoned in the middle of a hiking trail and was concerned that there might be a lost or injured party associated with the equipment.

The Sheriff's Office subsequently launched a search of the area. Deputies were assisted by members of the Sheriff's Emergency Services Section, Rocky Mountain Rescue Group, and Front Range Rescue Dogs, but were unable to locate anyone associated with the equipment or any indication that someone had been camping in the area recently.

The Sheriff's Office has notified all of the local Denver area law enforcement agencies of the recovered equipment in the event that it relates to any reports of missing or endangered persons. To date, no associations have been made.

A photo of the backpack, the most unique recovered, is attached. Should anyone recognize this equipment or have additional information, please contact Dave Booton of the Sheriff's Emergency Services Section at #303-441-3625.

This media release may also be found on the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office web-site at:

Detective Commander Phil West
Boulder County Sheriff's Office


Boulder County
Rocky Mountain Rescue Group
From Boulder, CO
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