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Search continues for man missing in Rocky Mountain National Park

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U.S. National Park Service

ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK, Colo. (KRDO) -- The National Parks Service says it is looking for a man from New York who went missing in Rocky Mountain National Park recently.

Rangers say 24-year-old Steven "Steve" Grunwald was reported missing by a friend and his last contact with family was on August 28. Park rangers found his vehicle parked at the Glacier Gorge Trailhead on Friday.

Grunwald is described as 5’6,” 145 pounds, brown hair medium length and curly. He wears black rectangular glasses. He is described as a fit trail runner, backpacker, and climber with backcountry experience. Clothing may include a brown beanie, yellow pants, a blue top layer and blue or red shoes. He may be wearing a green Camp climbing helmet. 

Authorities say they are not sure of his exact route or destination, but it is believed that he may have tried to do the Glacier Gorge Traverse on August 29. He was last seen in Boulder on August 28.

The Glacier Gorge Traverse is an expansive route including 11 peak summits over roughly 19 miles. It has dangerous climbing and difficult terrain.      

Anyone with information that could help investigators is asked to call the tip line via phone at 888-653-0009, ONLINE form www.nps.gov/ISB or EMAIL nps_isb@nps.gov.

Rangers say the tips so far have been positive and have helped narrow the search area. Weather and visibility conditions limited the search Friday evening, but the weather forecast for Saturday shows favorable conditions for aerial search operations.

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