A 79-year-old man never returned to his vehicle after searching for a hunting spot in the Colorado wilderness, his family said. His wife was waiting for him in the car.
Jim Shadid was searching for animal tracks with his wife, Marilyn Shadid, on Sunday, Sept. 3, near Line Canyon, according to his daughter Jamie Shadid and the La Plata County Search and Rescue Service.
They were preparing for elk hunting season, Jamie Shadid told McClatchy News by phone.
His wife returned to their vehicle and Jim Shadid continued on a trail. He didn’t bring a bundle of supplies with him because he was going to “look briefly and come back to the car,” his daughter said.
After about 45 minutes he radioed her and told her he would be back in 20 minutes.
But he never did.
“I wasn’t very worried about him,” Marilyn Shadid said.
The couple have been married for 56 years and Jim Shadid has “decades of experience” in the wild, so she believed he would eventually find his way back.
After the hours passed, she said she was starting to worry.
Hunters in the area began looking for Jim Shadid and were unable to find him either. They called the search and rescue team, Marilyn Shadid said.
Rescuers have been trying to find him for three days.
Jim Shadid was last seen wearing a tan ‘Safari’ hat and presumably long khaki pants. He is 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighs around 140 pounds.
“We are not giving up hope that he is alive and well in the desert! ” Jamie Shadid said in a Facebook post.
A website has been created for the public to follow search and rescue updates.
The La Plata County Sheriff’s Office did not immediately respond to McClatchy News’ request for more information on Sept. 6.
Line Canyon is about 35 miles north of Durango in southwestern Colorado.
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