A 79-year-old man has been missing for more than a week after he disappeared while scouting an elk hunting spot in the Colorado wilderness, his family said.
Now, rescue efforts are underway for the body of Jim Shadid after eight days of scouring the San Juan Mountains, his daughter Jamie Shadid said in a Sept. 11 Facebook post.
“As tragic as this unexpected event is, there is something so beautiful about our Papa resting in the mountains he loved so much,” Jamie Shadid said in the post.
Her father was last seen on September 3.
He went on a short hike to find a hunting spot near Line Canyon, leaving his wife in her truck, McClatchy News previously reported.
After about 45 minutes he called her by radio and said he would be back in 20 minutes. He never did.
Search and rescuers have used drones, horses, helicopters, trained police dogs and ATVs to find the missing hunter, but he has not turned up, Jamie Shadid said.
On September 11, rescuers stopped the daily search and began searching for his body.
A technical crew will dig into a “robust and deep” part of the wilderness this weekend to follow the “few clues” that were found, Jamie Shadid said.
“His whereabouts and what happened remain a mystery,” she said.
Community members who want to help search the area can check a community search map as it is added to findjimnow.com. Anyone will be able to “upload any foot traffic they do in the area, allowing search coverage to continue.”
“Through our mourning, we know in our hearts that Papa is in his happy place, somewhere above, his body back to earth,” his daughter wrote in the post.
Jim Shadid was born and raised in Wichita, Kansas, where he was a longtime dentist, The Wichita Eagle reported.
He moved to Durango, Colorado, with his family in the early 2000s after selling his dental business. He loved the outdoors and spent decades hunting.
“Hunting and skiing, and fishing, and camping and hiking. We had done it all,” his wife, Marilyn Shadid, told the news outlet September 7. “We love Colorado.
Michael Stavola of The Wichita Eagle contributed to this report.
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