Skip to main content

Search is on for Minnesota hunter missing in Colorado mountains

  • Author:
  • Updated:

Search teams in Colorado are looking for a Minnesota hunter who went missing in the mountains.

The Routt County Search and Rescue told 9News in Denver that 41-year-old Richard Harkins went bow hunting on Monday and separated from his group in Steamboat Lake State Park, near Steamboat Springs.

He sent a text message that day, but hasn't been heard from since, with rescue teams conducting searches on foot and from the air. A U.S. Air Force helicopter with infrared equipment has been brought in to assist.

Steamboat Today reports Harkins is from Duluth. The newspaper spoke with his sister, Kristin Raver, who said he "grew up in the woods" and has good survival skills.

Given the time he has been missing, concern has grown considerably.

"I think by now he would have got out on a trail," Raver told the newspaper.

He had a cellphone with him, reports note, but authorities have so far been unable to track it. He is believed to be in the area of Sand Mountain and Meaden Peak, part of Colorado's Elkhead Mountains.

The fear is he's been injured and is stuck somewhere in the park, with search and rescue member Jim Linville saying it's difficult to spot people where he is thought to have gone missing because it's an area of heavy timber.

The Associated Press reports search dogs have been brought in to help, and riders on horseback will also be assisting.

Next Up

Hopkins Basketball

Hopkins suffers rare loss to No. 1 ranked Sidwell Friends

The Royals held their own in a battle of the nation's best.

argue-wertman booking photos

Charges: 2 teens responsible for violent carjacking spree across Twin Cities

They face a combined 31 felony counts, all tied to carjackings and related crimes.

rep nolan west mn house

MN rep. says he was 'assaulted' at activist group's public meeting

The Republican said a man grabbed his arms and yanked him from the room.

Screen Shot 2022-01-20 at 12.56.52 PM

What were the 'bizarre things' seen in Minnesota's sky?

The mysterious streaks were not UFOs and they weren't pieces of an asteroid.

icicles, freezing weather, cold weather

Booming noises in the night could be frost quakes

The loud sounds are most likely to happen during the middle of the night.

coronavirus, coronavirus test, covid-19

Free COVID testing site to open in St. Paul for 3 weeks

The federal testing site comes as demand for testing remains high.

Reyel Simmons photo 1 - complaint - crop

MN TikToker accused of faking federal agent life pleads guilty

He told his 10,000 followers he was a Homeland Security agent — authorities say it was a lie.


Report: Vikings request second interview with 2 GM candidates

Ryan Poles of the Chiefs and Kwesi Adofo-Mensah of the Browns.

Amaya Battle

Hopkins takes on No. 1 team in the country on ESPNU Friday

The game will feature a pair of top recruits in the Class of 2022.

st. paul federation of educators - teachers

Educators in Minneapolis, St. Paul could strike amid contract negotiations

Teachers and support staff are demanding smaller class sizes, mental health support and better pay.

turtinen two harbors

MN mayor in hot water for hawking $400M underwater hotel plan

The city council called a special meeting to discuss the mayor's public comments.