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On Tuesday, January 28, 2020, at about 11:20 a.m., the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office was notified that a man and woman were driving their pickup truck somewhere on County Road 80C and had been stuck in the snow since Sunday, January 26.  It was also reported the man left the truck on Monday at about 11:15 a.m. to get help but had not returned.

LCSO dispatchers tried to get cell phone coordinates for the man and woman and the results were not very helpful.  Deputies began searching for the couple and LCSO Emergency Services personnel responded to the area of County Road 80C with the Snowcat.  A UCHealth LifeLine helicopter was also requested to assist with the search.

At 1:45 p.m., the LifeLine helicopter located the truck on County Road 80C east of Eaton Reservoir.  The woman was inside and did not need medical attention.  At 2:45 p.m., the LifeLine helicopter located the man about two miles southwest of Iron Mountain on County Road 80C.  He was hypothermic and was transported to a local hospital by air for treatment.  The Snowcat reached the woman at about 5:00 p.m. and LCSO Emergency Services personnel made sure she made it home safely. 

If you plan a trip in an area like this, LCSO encourages everyone to prepare as you should for a hike – let someone know where you are going and when you plan to return, bring appropriate clothing for the weather conditions, and have enough food and water for at least 24 hours.  LCSO Emergency Services Specialist Derek Rosenquist said, “Four-wheel drive, winter tires, and tire chains are needed when driving in the snow on roads that are not maintained.  If your vehicle gets stuck once, it will most likely happen again.  If you can get your vehicle out, turn around and do not drive further into potentially worse conditions.”

If you are stuck, lost, or injured and have cell service, call 911 first.  If your call will not go through, try texting to 911.

Published on: 
Wednesday, January 29, 2020 - 12:40pm
Contact Details: 

Public Information Officer
Larimer County Sheriff's Office
(970)980-2501 |  Email

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