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Minnesota father and son missing on Colorado hiking trip

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After a second day of searching, there's still no sign of Damian McManus and Evan McManus, the Minnesota father and son who disappeared on a hiking trip in Colorado.

The pair was expected to return home by Sunday and haven't been heard from since last Wednesday.

Bad weather caused National Guard helicopters to end their search of the Echo Lake area Monday afternoon. They plan to resume searching at first light Tuesday morning – in the meantime family members have arrived at the spot where the missing men left to go on their hike, while those at home wait anxiously for any news.

"Last night I said my prayers for them and I went to bed, and this morning I thought about them right away," said Ira Gurewitz. "Gave me the chills."

Damian McManus, 51, and Evan McManus, 18, of St. Louis Park, Minn. went hiking near Mt. Evans, about an hour west of Denver, for a father-son spring break trip while Evan's twin sister went to Mexico for a mother-daughter trip.

The SUV they drove from Minnesota is still parked in the lot at the head of the trail, while members of Alpine Search and Rescue use dogs and snowmobiles to look for any signs of the missing men. It has snowed every day since Wednesday, meaning any tracks have been covered by now.

"Right now we are searching for clues," said Steve Wilson of Alpine Search and Rescue. "Checking the trail, seeing if we can see any sign of those two guys going in one direction or the other."

Andrea Bouzrara was with Katherine McManus and her daughter in Mexico. She said they got off the plane on Sunday to find out Evan and his dad hadn't returned home.

"We tried texting and calling both and both of their phones were dead."

Gurewitz said Damian McManus has military experience and he's hoping the two dug a cave in the snow and are waiting for someone to find them. In the meantime, Evan's girlfriend started a Facebook group to spread information about the search.

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