ASPEN, Colo. (AP) – Authorities have suspended the search for a 49-year-old New Mexico man who went climbing in the Aspen area and did not return.
The Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office suspended the search Thursday after eight days of looking for David Cook, of Albuquerque.
The Aspen Times reports Cook was planning to climb some 14,000-foot-plus mountains, including the Maroon Bells, some of the most photographed peaks in Colorado. He set out Sept. 19 and was reported overdue the following day.
A Forest Service employee reported seeing Cook the morning of Sept. 20 near Maroon Lake. That was the last confirmed sighting of the climber.
An aerial search was hampered at times by bad weather.