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Colo. search continues for missing Ohio hiker

SALIDA, Colo. (AP) — More rescuers have joined the search in central Colorado's mountains for an Ohio man who has not been heard from since Sept. 18.

Gene George, 64, of Bay Village told a friend that day that he planned to hike near Mt. Harvard in Colorado's Sawatch Range, The Denver Post reported Wednesday (http://tinyurl.com/oddrovk ).

George had been staying at a hotel in nearby Buena Vista (BYOON'-uh -VIHS'-tuh). A hotel employee notified police on Sunday when George didn't check out from his room.

Authorities later discovered George's vehicle at a trailhead to Mt. Harvard, which has an elevation of 14,420 feet and is one of a cluster of mountains known as the Collegiate Peaks.

Chaffee County Undersheriff John Spezze requested help from search teams in five neighboring counties. Forty hikers, four search dogs and two horseback teams were searching the area.

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