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Search for missing Colorado hikers continues

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Since the official search for the McMannuses ended last month, members of the alpine rescue team have put in over 2500 hours of planning to resume looking when the weather improves. That will happen this weekend along the highest paved road in North America and it could end up being one of the largest searches in Colorado history.

When Damian and Evan McManus didn’t return from a day hike up the aptly named Mount Evans early last month everyone from trained mountain climbers to family members and volunteers spent countless hours looking for them with no luck. Now the effort to find the missing father and son will kick into high gear again this weekend.

“We want to bring Damian and Evan home to their family,” said Frank Tadeo with the Alpine Rescue Team. “This is our passion.”

According to Tadeo, 100 professional mountain climbers will resume the search for the McManuses early Saturday morning focusing on a large wooded area near where they parked their S-U-V and their cell phones pinged for the last time before they disappeared.

Since the official search ended, Evan’s classmates at St. Louis Park High School painted the senior wall behind the school. Just last night, the high school band which Evan was a member of played a British folk song to remember them.

Tadeo hopes the search means the surviving McManuses will finally be able to lay Damian and Evan to rest.

“It’s just what we do,” said Tadeo. “It feels like the right thing to do to put this effort out there.”

The rescue team is hoping to find the McManuses before the park re-opens to the public sometime later this month. There is still two to three feet of snow on the mountain and that snow won’t be completely gone until July or August.

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