Because of bad weather predicted for the area on Wednesday, Rocky Mountain National Park search and rescue personnel are suspending a search for a New Jersey man who was reported missing on Friday.
A family member reported Ryan Albert, 30, overdue on Friday. Albert planned on climbing Longs Peak via the Keyhole route on Thursday but didn't return.
Park officials announced in a news release that they are putting the brakes on the search on Wednesday because 3 inches of snow was expected on Longs Peak on Tuesday night and up to 7 inches of snow could fall on Wednesday.
The safety of search teams is priority for park officials, but the weather forecast looks better on Thursday, and the search could resume then.
Rescuers utilized a dog team from Larimer County Search and Rescue that covered lower elevations in the area being searched. Hazardous weather on Monday prevented rescuers from reaching higher elevations.
On Tuesday, however, four technical teams reached Chasm View, the Keyhole, the Cables, Ledges, Boulderfield and Peacock Pool, according to a news release the park. Rescuers contended with waist-deep snow drifts, decreased visibility, cold temperatures, ice-covered rock, avalanche hazards, wind and snow throughout the day.
Albert, of Marlton N.J., was last seen leaving the Denver area on Thursday morning wearing dark clothes and a backpack. His rental car was found in the Longs Peak trailhead parking lot on Friday.
Albert is the second person to go missing in the Longs Peak area in the past two months. Jens Yambert of Urbana, Ill., went missing in late August after telling his family he was going hiking from the Longs Peak Trailhead.
Yambert, 60, was found dead west of Keplinger's Couloir at about 12,600 feet a few days later.
Anyone who might have seen Albert is asked to call 970-586-1204.