Authorities suspend search for missing climber near Aspen

David Cook
David Cook

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. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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