Every rescue starts with a search.

How long that search will take is different every time.

“I worked on an ambulance before going into medicine and when you get dispatched you are given a street address,” said Drew Hildner, a spokesman with Rocky Mountain Rescue Group. “Mountain Rescue is different. We get dispatched to a trailhead, and they could be anywhere on the trails from there.”

A search that drags out several days for someone who was out hiking in Boulder County happens about once a year, Hildner said. Volunteers with the group leave the area about a handful of times per year for a multi-day search, but a long-term search is rare.

When it does happen, the operation is put together by not just the group but also Boulder County Sheriff’s Office, and other local agencies which could include Front Range Rescue Dogs, air patrol and cell phone providers.

“It becomes an organizational and administrative juggernaut,” he said. “We have to keep track of the extensive amounts of information coming in from multiple sources.”

In 75 years since Rocky Mountain Rescue Group was founded, it only has one open case, Hildner said.

Robert Bockmann, at age 26, went missing on April 18, 2003, according to past reporting. His car was found on Boulder County Open Space property.

How long a search goes before it is suspended varies situation to situation. When a person has been missing for four or five days, it becomes more difficult to gather people to search.

“You start to have difficult conversations,” he said. “That decision is made in conversation with multiple people. Oftentimes we will even bring in search leaders from different organizations and present to them and see if there is anything more we can do.”

If a person is likely in what is termed “rest of world,” outside the search area, or if the search is occurring during winter, the probability of locating them wanes, Hildner said.

Josh Hall, a 27-year-old Arvada man, was reported missing after he reportedly began hiking the Hessie Trailhead near Nederland at 9:30 a.m. Feb. 3 with his dog, Happy. When Hall didn’t return later that day, his family contacted dispatchers.

“A blizzard came in right as he was missing,” Hildner said. “You could literally ski for two days and never even see him. When it’s a dangerous terrain in the mountains, you start to say ‘What’s our risk versus reward.’”

The weather slowed the search for Hall, but it didn’t end it.

Hall’s remains were found five months later by a volunteer with the Front Range Rescue Dogs who had been preparing another organized search for him.

Jon Truscott Haynes is another open case, but it is unclear what led to his disappearance.

In 1981, the 18-year-old graduated from high school in Orinda, Calif. Haynes had been accepted at the University of Colorado Boulder and arrived in Boulder on July 22. He picked up a hitchhiker who was later interviewed by sheriff’s detectives, and he spent his first night at the KOA Campground, then located in Boulder, according to past reporting.

The next day, Haynes called home and asked his father for money. On July 24, he called a friend from a pay phone in Nederland. That friend was the last person to talk with the missing man.

“I suspect there are people out there that have gone missing that we don’t know about,” said Jason Oehlkers, commander with Boulder County Sheriff’s Office.

Oehlkers said how long rescuers continue organized searches is dependent on the evidence and information they have.

“With Josh Hall, we had a really good timeframe on when he left, and they didn’t think he went 30 miles because of the time frame,” Oehlkers said.

After weeks or months of searching it becomes hard to stay motivated, Hildner said.

“A lot of searches can be pretty demotivating because you are looking for a needle in a haystack and sometimes you aren’t even in the right haystack,” he said.

He said these searches keep rescuers up at night. Sometimes after a search has been suspended, they still go out alone in a bid to resolve the mystery.

“Individual members have sometimes become haunted and continued to go hike and look,” Hildner said. “They have a hard time letting it go.”

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Every rescue starts with a search.

How long that search will take is different every time.

“I worked on an ambulance before going into medicine and when you get dispatched you are given a street address,” said Drew Hildner, a spokesman with Rocky Mountain Rescue Group. “Mountain Rescue is different. We get dispatched to a trailhead, and they could be anywhere on the trails from there.”

A search that drags out several days for someone who was out hiking in Boulder County happens about once a year, Hildner said. Volunteers with the group leave the area about a handful of times per year for a multi-day search, but a long-term search is rare.

When it does happen, the operation is put together by not just the group but also Boulder County Sheriff’s Office, and other local agencies which could include Front Range Rescue Dogs, air patrol and cell phone providers.

“It becomes an organizational and administrative juggernaut,” he said. “We have to keep track of the extensive amounts of information coming in from multiple sources.”

In 75 years since Rocky Mountain Rescue Group was founded, it only has one open case, Hildner said.

Robert Bockmann, at age 26, went missing on April 18, 2003, according to past reporting. His car was found on Boulder County Open Space property.

How long a search goes before it is suspended varies situation to situation. When a person has been missing for four or five days, it becomes more difficult to gather people to search.

“You start to have difficult conversations,” he said. “That decision is made in conversation with multiple people. Oftentimes we will even bring in search leaders from different organizations and present to them and see if there is anything more we can do.”

If a person is likely in what is termed “rest of world,” outside the search area, or if the search is occurring during winter, the probability of locating them wanes, Hildner said.

Josh Hall, a 27-year-old Arvada man, was reported missing after he reportedly began hiking the Hessie Trailhead near Nederland at 9:30 a.m. Feb. 3 with his dog, Happy. When Hall didn’t return later that day, his family contacted dispatchers.

“A blizzard came in right as he was missing,” Hildner said. “You could literally ski for two days and never even see him. When it’s a dangerous terrain in the mountains, you start to say ‘What’s our risk versus reward.’”

The weather slowed the search for Hall, but it didn’t end it.

Hall’s remains were found five months later by a volunteer with the Front Range Rescue Dogs who had been preparing another organized search for him.

Jon Truscott Haynes is another open case, but it is unclear what led to his disappearance.

In 1981, the 18-year-old graduated from high school in Orinda, Calif. Haynes had been accepted at the University of Colorado Boulder and arrived in Boulder on July 22. He picked up a hitchhiker who was later interviewed by sheriff’s detectives, and he spent his first night at the KOA Campground, then located in Boulder, according to past reporting.

The next day, Haynes called home and asked his father for money. On July 24, he called a friend from a pay phone in Nederland. That friend was the last person to talk with the missing man.

“I suspect there are people out there that have gone missing that we don’t know about,” said Jason Oehlkers, commander with Boulder County Sheriff’s Office.

Oehlkers said how long rescuers continue organized searches is dependent on the evidence and information they have.

“With Josh Hall, we had a really good timeframe on when he left, and they didn’t think he went 30 miles because of the time frame,” Oehlkers said.

After weeks or months of searching it becomes hard to stay motivated, Hildner said.

“A lot of searches can be pretty demotivating because you are looking for a needle in a haystack and sometimes you aren’t even in the right haystack,” he said.

He said these searches keep rescuers up at night. Sometimes after a search has been suspended, they still go out alone in a bid to resolve the mystery.

“Individual members have sometimes become haunted and continued to go hike and look,” Hildner said. “They have a hard time letting it go.”

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