Oct 13, 2010 11:01 AM by Associated Press

Search halted for missing hiker

The search for a Chicago hiker missing in the Colorado mountains near Vail has been suspended.

The search for James Nelson, 31, in the rugged Holy Cross Wilderness near Vail ended at midnight Tuesday.

Eagle County sheriff Joe Hoy said he and search and rescue volunteers made the decision with a heavy heart after four days of searching failed to find Nelson.

Nelson set out for a five-day, 25-mile hike and was reported missing by his fiance Friday when he failed to return. He was last seen by two other hikers on Oct. 3.

Lesley Buttars told the Vail Daily that Nelson had a lot of gear on his back but didn't appear to be lost.

Searchers will continue to look for clues to Nelson's whereabouts whenever they're called to other missions there.


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