Missing couple not lost – just ‘off the grid’ camping in Colorado


Authorities in the San Luis Valley area called for a widespread search for a missing couple from Arkansas after family members expressed concern that they had not heard from them for several days during a trip to Colorado. With family members believing something may be wrong, the Colorado Bureau of Investigations issued an ‘endangered missing’ alert and law enforcement asked the public if they had seen the couple’s unique camper set-up.

Photo of the missing couple's camper, provided by Alamosa County Sheriff's Office.

Photo of couple’s camper, provided by Alamosa County Sheriff’s Office.

After the photo was widely circulated, a member of the public notified authorities that they spotted the vehicle. Upon investigation, the couple was found safe.

Colorado Bureau of Investigation has since canceled an ‘endangered missing’ alert they had issued in regard to the missing couple.

The Alamosa Citizen reports that the couple was found camping at the Lost Trail Campground, which is above Rio Grande Reservoir near Creede.

Some might find it easy to chuckle at this story in hindsight – a massive search for a couple while the unknowing couple was enjoying a relaxing escape into nature. That being said, this story does highlight one key aspect of outdoor recreation that should be addressed – always let someone know where you’re headed and when you’ll be back.

In this case, nothing went wrong and the couple simply couldn’t be contacted. However, if something had gone wrong, it could have taken days to figure out where the couple was at – even if that ‘something’ was as simple as a car problem or a twisted ankle making someone immobile. Telling someone where you’re headed and when you’ll be back is key to expediting rescue services and should be common practice. It’s also good to carry an emergency communication device, like the Garmin inReach, which allows the user to communicate with loved ones or emergency services without cell phone connection.

Thankfully, this story had a happy ending. Next time you’re headed out there, let someone know where you’ll be and when you’ll be back.

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