Park scaling back search for missing Goliad man
by Coy Slavik, Advance-Guard Editor
Jun 14, 2013 | 2383 views | 0 0 comments | 34 34 recommendations | email to a friend | print
MESA VERDE, Colo. – The search for a missing 51-year-old Goliad man in Mesa Verde National Park, which has been underway since Sunday, has been scaled back due to lack of new information.

On Friday, the trail where Mitchell Stehling was last seen and nearby canyons were again searched. Rangers used the park’s helicopter to search the canyons and mesas of the park while ground-based teams thoroughly searched nearby canyons and trails. The saturation of the area by searchers, dog teams, a helicopter, and horse patrol provided a great deal of coverage, but resulted in no clues, according to a park news release.

On Saturday, search managers plan to scale back to a continuous, but limited mode in which a small team of rangers will continue to focus their search in the areas where Stehling was last seen.

Flyers with Stehling’s picture and description remain posted throughout the park. Visitors who hiked the Petroglyph Trail on Sunday and/or Monday have been asked to call park law enforcement at 970-529-4422.

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